India vs England first Test Preview: Visitors out to challenge history and spin

England will definitely be looking to counter spin but India must not be complacent with Graeme Swann in the opposition. It will, in all probability, boil down to the fact that how the 'Barmy Army' bats in sub-continent conditions. They did impress when they last toured Sri Lanka and Swann did play a huge part then too.

updated: November 13, 2012 14:49 IST
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Ahmedabad: England face a perilous trial by spin as they bid to win their first Test series in India in 27 years when the four-match contest opens in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

The newly-laid wicket at the Motera stadium, expected to assist spin over the five days, will suit a home team desperate to avenge the 4-0 humiliation in England last year.

England proved vulnerable against the turning ball away from home this year, losing 3-0 to Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in January-February before forcing a 1-1 draw in Sri Lanka in March.

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