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'India will miss Dravid, Laxman vs Eng'

Press Trust Of India
Nov 01, 2012 at 07:05pm IST

Ahmedabad: Former India coach and New Zealand cricketer John Wright Thursday pointed out that the hosts will miss the experience of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman in the middle during the upcoming India-England Test series.

Wright also ruled out India's complete dominance, but insisted that it will be a closely contested series.

"The Test series will be interesting. England are coming off a home series defeat against South Africa (2-0), while India will miss the experience of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman.

India will miss Dravid, Laxman against England: Wright

The former India coach also ruled out the hosts' complete dominance, but insisted that it will be a closely contested series.

"The middle-order is quite new. The series will be a closely-contested one and it won't be 4-0 to India," Wright said.

The former Test cricketer added that the first innings of the match will hold the key to success as the team that will put runs on the board or picks up early wickets will be in the driver's seat.

He also mentioned that it will be a real test for the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha. However, Wright said that the two have bowled very well in tandem so far. The first of the four Tests is scheduled to be played at Motera Stadium here on November 15.

India go into the series against the backdrop of eight consecutive away Test defeats. However, they beat bottom placed New Zealand 2-0 at home in September.

Averse to the idea of Day-Night Test matches, Wright said the ICC's move to introduce D/N Tests is an attempt to bring back spectators but the format should be thoroughly trialled first.

"The idea is good on paper but cricketing realities have to be taken into consideration before it is practically applied," Wright said, highlighting the difficulties that a cricketer would have to face while playing at night in colder climes such as Wellington.

As an opening batsman, he said, he would be delighted to face bowlers in the afternoon, because at night bowlers will get an unfair advantage in a venue like Durban.

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