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Legendary England all-rounder Sir Ian Botham has announced that he believes the national team will win their five-Test series against India “either three-one or two-nil”.
Botham noted that India have a strong batting line-up, but their bowling attack is very weak.
“It’s got to be an England win for me,” he told Sky Sports. “India’s batting is very strong but it’s their bowling department where they are weak. England aren’t playing well but I think India’s bowlers will struggle and with home advantage England will have the edge.
“I think England will win the series by two Tests either three-one or two-nil, it certainly won’t be as one-sided as the last time they met in England. The weather is likely to play a part in one or two matches but I think overall England to win three-one is a good bet.”
Botham also stated that pace bowler James Anderson will take the most wickets and added that England should let all-rounder Ben Stokes play the first Test.
“Anderson is the man England will look to get the wickets,” he said. “The value for me is with Stokes. He looks like he’s back to fitness and I think they’ll play him as he gives the side balance.”