Visakhapatnam - 17th-21st November 2016
After what was in the end a dull draw at Rajkot, India and England head to Visakhapatnam, another venue which will be hosting its first Test. India will be the most disappointed with the draw, having put down three chances in the first morning, allowing England off the hook, and enabling them to rack up the runs batting first.
The hosts welcome back KH Rahul, with Gautam Gambhir missing out at the top of the order. England will be without Chris Woakes, who is suffering with a knee injury, and who will be replaced by a returning James Anderson.
Conditions in Visakhapatnam are expected to favour spinners far more than Rajkot did, and the outcome of this game is likely to depend upon whether or not Indian spinners fire, having turned in a fairly disappointing performance in the first Test. England will be coming into this Test full of confidence having bounced back from a disappointing tour of Bangladesh, showing some of the toughness mentioned in my preview of the game. Whether or not this will continue is anyones guess, so trying to pick a winner pre-off is almost impossible here. Batting first and putting on a big score will give either side a huge advantage, and so taking a position in-play is the advised approach here.
Looking at individuals, Moeen Ali made an impressive 117 in the previous test batting at 5. With England's batting looking like it'll be unchanged, Moeen should be batting in the middle order again. Having been shoved up and down the order at international level, 5 looks like it suits Moeen, and being Englands best player of spin, should cover the 23.5 line comfortably here.
Trading Notes: A lot depends on the toss here, with a turning pitch expected, if the side manage to make the most of the opportunity they should be in a very strong position to win the match. Opposing the draw towards the end of the first innings, with the expectation that the pitch will deteriorate quickly, should pay off in the long run.
Back Moeen Ali to score over 23.5 runs at 1.83 with Ladbrokes