With the close-in cordon surrounding the batsmen, the ball will turn and bounce with shouts of ‘howzat’ renting the air. 

Welcome to the Indian conundrum.

The English team landed here from Sri Lanka on Wednesday to face one of the toughest challenges. The first of the two Tests in Chennai starts February 5. Skipper Joe Root & Co. joined their team-mates including influential all-rounder Ben Stokes who is already serving the mandatory quarantine period in the city.

 

Also coming in batches here were the Indian team members including skipper Virat Kohli. They are high on morale after their exploits in Australia.

England will not be short of confidence either after having triumphed 2-0 in a two-match Test series on pitches offering turn in Sri Lanka. And Root, rediscovering his mojo, was the driving force with innings of 228 in the first Test and 186 in the second.

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