London: Former England captain Allan Lamb reckons the hosts start as favourites during the forthcoming four-Test series against India that gets underway at Lord's on July 21.
In what's being hailed the battle for the 'world championship of Test cricket', India will look to beat a side that has won five Test series in a row, including two consecutive Ashes triumphs. "They are definitely the best two teams in the world right now. It's as big as it gets. It'll be very interesting to see which side goes to the top of the tree," Lamb told MiD DAY.
The South African-born batsman who notched up 14 Test hundreds, including three against India, reckoned England have the edge. "England will start as favourites since they will be playing at home. Also, they have a better seam attack that will be able to exploit the conditions better. Having said that, India have a better side on paper definitely a longer batting line-up. It could come down to a contest between quality batting sides.