India v England: ‘Vacationers have momentum – and expectation – earlier than second Check’

James Anderson and Ben Duckett


James Anderson (left) is set to become the oldest seamer to bowl in a Test in India
Dates: 2-6 February Venue: Visakhapatnam Time: 04:00 GMT
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That’s the thing about expectation. When it goes up, so too does the chance of being disappointed.

Fresh off the heroics of Hyderabad, England will meet India in the second Test in Visakhapatnam on Friday with expectation – outside the team, at least – exponentially higher than it was a week ago.

There are good reasons too. Warmth remains from the fire of the 28-run win in Hyderabad, one of England’s greatest overseas wins of all time.

The problems would appear to be India’s. At one point during the first Test they were on course for victory inside three days, only to find themselves 1-0 down in the five-match series.

They have lost Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul to injury, the all-rounder and batter joining the already absent Virat Kohli,…