Sehwag's absence will hurt India's chances: Chappell

India will have to rely on a wearing down process rather than Sehwag's bludgeoning tactics due to the latter's absence in the first two Tests.

updated: July 17, 2011 18:26 IST
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Mumbai: Occasionally fate serves up a delightful twist to an already irresistible contest. The Lord's Test in particular and the India versus England series in general, is one such example. Coincidentally, the game at Lord's is the two thousandth Test match and it launches a series where the number one ranking is on the line. And it appears that fate has come down ever so slightly in England's favour.

The first two venues in this series, Lord's and Trent Bridge, are known to favour swing bowling. England's ability to swing both the new and old ball is a big reason behind their recent rise in the rankings. In addition, India is missing it's greatest counter-attacking weapon.

None better than Sehwag

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