The Advantage Probably Lies with England – Dale Steyn

Published 07/27/2018, 8:08 AM EDT

India and England are set to face off in a five-match test series on the latter’s turf. However, the series is still some days away. But, several cricket fans are eagerly anticipating it, this includes a certain Dale Steyn.

The South African pacer is of the opinion that the Men in Blue are ‘capable of anything’. Steyn will be retiring from limited-overs cricket after the 2019 World Cup. However he is not counting out the hosts just yet. According to him, England surely try to take capital advantage of the familiar conditions.

Steyn thinks that under Virat Kohli, the Indian team is quite capable of anything. He knows that the Indian skipper is a determined person. Steyn also said that five Test matches will benefit one team especially if they are on a good run.


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According to the 35-year-old, India are in a prime position to record a series win in England. Especially with the latter suffering from a string of poor results in test cricket.

They lost 0-4 in the Ashes and 0-1 to New Zealand. Their only decent performance was a 1-1 draw against Pakistan.

Steyn is currently on the verge of breaking Shaun Pollock’s South African record of 421 wickets in Tests. He further added that the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, could be crucial.

“It’s going to be a hard-fought Test series. The England bowlers are a little bit more skilled and that’s where the difference will be … that will be the tipping point,” said Steyn. “The advantage probably lies with England, obviously being at home and with such a long tour, it tends to become very long. India have been there for ODIs and are a very good touring team now. If I put my money, I will probably put it on England. But it is going to be tight.”


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