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Rahul Dravid relishes challenge of facing ‘different’ England with ‘series on the line’

A Take a look at match to be performed practically a 12 months after its authentic date, the collection on the road, two different-looking squads with new captains and coaches and World Take a look at Championship factors to be grabbed: India head coach Rahul Dravid is trying ahead to all of it.
The final Take a look at of the five-match collection – which India at present lead 2-1 – that abruptly got here to a halt final 12 months at Outdated Trafford will now be performed at Edgbaston beginning July 1. Given the modifications within the two line-ups and England’s latest 2-0 collection win in opposition to Take a look at champions New Zealand – with one match left but – Dravid mentioned the dynamics of the collection will not be the identical.

“By way of the Take a look at match, it’s clearly going to be thrilling,” Dravid mentioned on Sunday in Bengaluru. “For us it’s a one-off Take a look at match, but it surely’s WTC factors. It is a collection on the road for the blokes who performed an element in it [last year], and they’re very eager to try to win that collection and do nicely. So trying ahead to that.

“It’s at all times pretty a Take a look at match in England; the crowds are going to be improbable. You count on actually good crowds in England if you play Take a look at cricket there. And England is taking part in rather well for the time being. I imply they’re taking part in actually good cricket.

“It is in all probability a bit totally different to after we had been there final 12 months when England was in all probability just a little bit on the again foot. However they’ve performed couple of fine video games [against New Zealand], and we now have received a reasonably good squad as nicely. Hopefully it is going to be a superb match. [I] love watching Take a look at cricket, love taking part in it, love teaching it. Trying ahead to it.”

The India squad – barring those that featured within the T20Is in opposition to South Africa, and Dravid himself – arrived in England final week, and can play a four-day warm-up in Leicestershire beginning Thursday.

In comparison with final 12 months, when Ravi Shastri was coach, Virat Kohli was captain and Ajinkya Rahane was vice-captain, Dravid is the brand new coach now, Rohit Sharma the brand new captain, and KL Rahul the vice-captain, though there are query marks round his health for the Take a look at.

England, too, have a brand new administration in captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum, and are recent from beating New Zealand, the spotlight of which was their audacious five-wicket win at Trent Bridge the place they chased down 299 at practically six an over on the final day.

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