India make two changes due to injuries for England tour

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Kohli said his squad was expecting atough battle against England in their upcoming three-match T20 series, which begins at Old Trafford on Tuesday, as well as in five Tests and three ODIs that will keep them in England until September.

Weather across the United Kingdom has been pleasant for the traveling contingent.

Such has been Kohli's resolve to right the wrongs of four years ago, when he averaged 13.8 during India's 3-1 Test defeat on this shores, that he arranged a month-long spell playing for Surrey in June, only for a neck injury to scupper this planned acclimatisation. The rest of it looks sorted with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan opening the batting, followed by Kohli, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni.

The India skipper has no doubts about the two spinners complementing the pace attack of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Co, with Jasprit Bumrah injured and out of the T20s. But Chahal and Kuldeep have warmed up nicely in the 2-0 T20 series win over Ireland. While he bowled first change against Australia, skipper Morgan could be enticed to hand the new ball to the pacer against the southpaw.

Rajasthan pacer Deepak Chahar, who is now on a tour of England with the India "A" side, has been called in to replace Bumrah for the T20I series.

On the other side, England look equally risky, and with the backing of home conditions, India will have their task cut out against this formidable team.

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A big screen on site will again allow supporters to split their allegiances - and if they are not in the field, England too will be able to keep an eye on the match against Colombia via a television screen in the physio's area adjoining the dressing-room.

England have thrived on the big-hitting Jos Buttler, buoyed by a successful IPL stint, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow.

Moeen Ali, one of our own, has found his form as he ended up with 12 wickets in the 5 match ODI series against Australia and picked up 4 wickets in as many overs in the lone T20I against the same side. Yeah, but we're going to be very flexible as a batting unit. Adil Rashid has also done a good job and they have a decent stock of fast bowlers with Plunkett, Jordan, Willey, and the Curran brothers. It does not matter whether I get runs or don't get runs. They have a batting order that can destroy the most lethal of bowling attacks and it is this department that India will be a bit anxious about. The first T20 worldwide will be played on June 3 at Old Trafford, Manchester.

Besides the inward assessment, there's also a chance for India to size up a limited-overs giant like England.

"What has been the difference for us is the two X-factors in the middle overs".

Heaping praises on England's current form, which saw the hosts outclass a hapless Australia 6-0 in a recent limited over series, the 29-year-old Kohli felt that English players' participation in the various domestic T20 leagues like Indian Premier League (IPL) have contributed a lot in their growth.

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