Test cricket was in need of an advertising campaign and it got just that with England vs. India test series. The four test matches that have taken place so far have been fantastic for the game of test cricket as both sides have fought hard to create a see-saw battle.

The teams went into the fourth test with the series tied at 1-1 and it is India who came out on top in the fourth test to lead the series 2-1. The fifth and final test will take place in Manchester and start on September 10. This is a must-win game for England to draw the series while India will like to win the fifth test and the series!

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England vs. India 5th Test Betting Odds

India went into the fourth test as underdogs but after a match-winning performance, they are now betting favorite for the fifth test with odds of 2.25 while England is the underdogs with odds of 2.60.

The match odds for the fifth test ending in a draw are currently at 4.0. The weather forecast for Manchester predicts a bit of rain on the first two days of the test but the next three days look good. However, we don’t expect it to cause any major delays.

England will have to show a similar mental toughness that India did after they lost the first test by an innings and 79 runs. The only difference is that India had 10 days to recoup after that loss while England have just three days.

England – Can They Bounce Back?

England’s batting let them down in both the first and second innings. They should have got a lot more runs in the first innings and should have shown a little more resistance in the second innings. England has depended way too much on their captain Joe Root to carry them. He did not get past 50 in both innings and that’s one of the reasons why England struggled to get past 300 in both innings.India

One big concern for England going into the fifth test will be the fitness of James Anderson. He sent down a total of 47 overs in the fourth test and 33 of those overs were in the second innings. The 39-year-old has played all four tests and will be feeling it leading into the fifth test.

England cannot afford to rest Anderson as he has been one of their best bowlers. They might consider bringing in Mark Wood for Chris Overton in the fifth test just to cover in case Anderson folds during the fifth test. Chris Woakes replaced Sam Curran and did a good job for England with both bat and ball. He will play the fifth test and will once again need to deliver with both bat and ball.

India – Will They Make Changes?

The one change that Indian cricket fans want are pushing for is for vice-captain A Rahane to be replaced with either S Yadav or H Vihari. There were calls for Rahane to be dropped in the fourth test but they gave him another chance and he failed in both innings again.

There is also a push for R Jadeja to be replaced with R Ashwin but Kohli is likely to keep Jadeja for the fifth test and play the same side with the possibility of Rahane being replaced.

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