England skipper Andrew Strauss may be confident of snatching the Number 1 Test spot from MS Dhoni and his men. As on the opening day of the 1st Test at Lord's however, not many are willing to bet on the hosts to come good on their promise.
An online poll conducted amongst surfers by the Guardian's website has 71% voters expecting India to continue it's dominance in the longest format of the game. Not just surfers on this website but others browsing English news portals have mostly backed India to either draw or win the 4-match Test series. These include die-hard English supporters who fear English bowling to come un-done and hold the team down. "Nothing to fear when Cook is here. But so are Sachin, VVS and Dhoni for our bowlers to contend with," was a comment made on BBC's preview of the historic Test.
Interestingly, the experience of James Anderson and Graeme Swann coupled with the form that pacer Chris Tremlett is basking in currently, fails to evoke much confidence amongst those who are willing to look at the contest from beyond the 'support-your-national-team' point of view. "Well, we might as well not play the series anymore. We will not be able to get Sachin out," was a comment made on The Sun's website after it was reported that Panesar had bowled to Sachin Tendulkar in a net session last week. Sachin has talent and experience backing him and the comment was just one of many which hinted at a general fear amongst local fans, of the Little Master coming good against whatever is tried at him from the bowling end.