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Full England squad clears COVID-19 tests, to train from Tuesday

Full England squad clears COVID-19 tests, to train from Tuesday”

If England are going to push India in this series, Leach, Bess and Moeen Ali, who is fit again after having COVID-19 in Sri Lanka, will need to handle the twin pressures of a strong Indian batting line-up and the sort of expectation that Leach and Bess had to face in Sri Lanka.

When England won 2-1 in India in 2012, another left-arm spinner, Monty Panesar, was crucial.

Members of both the Indian and England teams have returned three negative tests for COVID-19 during their quarantine period.

India are on a roll having beaten Australia in their own backyard twice in the last three years, most recently in January. And while the visitors will certainly draw inspiration from that series, the pressure will certainly be on them.

However, Gambhir believes that Kohli is the leader of the Test team and it will continue to grow under his captaincy. Obviously it's not the ideal prep but it's been the same for India, said Leach.

"I think it has been a long time not playing and in that time I did a lot of work, to try and become the bowler I guess I want to be".

"I am probably not going to be bowling the same speed". "I think as a spinner taking wickets in the second innings is always a confidence boost", he said. After a clean sweep against Pakistan, England have a good chance of making it to the final too, if they manage a series win against India.

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Meanwhile, the Tests' second leg would be played in Ahmedabad, at the refurbished Sardar Patel Stadium, with the third Test being a day-night encounter.

"I just want to bring my best", Leach said.

But Sky are adamant they will not add to their £200million of TV cricket rights and Sportsmail understands they were never tempted to get involved in bidding for the India series. Bowling over the wicket, for him, for his action, I prefer to bowl round the wicket. "He has done really well in Test cricket", he added.

"I feel I have got more dismissals in play and I guess change something just because someone else did it, I think it is sticking to your strengths, and doing that, so it might be something we can use at some point for sure".

"In India, there's a bit more pressure with what wickets could be like, but we don't know what we're going to come up against".

England face India in what will be a crucial Test series for the "Three Lions", with the side now third on the ICC World Test Championship points table and still in contention for a slot in the final along with teams such as New Zealand, India and Australia.



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