Fans watching the England v India betting odds should be aware that England’s preparations for their tough winter series against India have begun with a trip to Dubai, where they will train in conditions designed to replicate the gruelling subcontinent.
Not only will the fiercely hot weather resemble that of India but the pitches at the International Cricket Council Global Cricket Academy (ICC GCA) in Dubai Sports City are designed to replicate those found in India, with soil from the country imported especially.
The team, now led by Alastair Cook, will undertake several outdoor practice sessions between October 26 and 28. They will also hold net practice sessions at the GCA’s outdoor practice arena.
They are already familiar with the facilities, as they played here last winter against Pakistan, losing the Test series 3-0 before inflicting immediate revenge with a whitewash in the ODI series.
The much talked-about Kevin Pietersen will not be there, however. The controversial batsmen has been recalled to the squad for the upcoming series following rounds of talks with the ECB, designed the repair the damage caused by his critical text messages sent to South Africa players during last summer’s Test series.
However, the 32-year-old has been allowed to play for the Delhi Daredevils side in the ongoing Champions League Twenty20 tournament in South Africa.
If Delhi make it to the semi-finals, which are scheduled to take place on October 25 and 26, with the final on October 28, Pietersen may travel directly to India instead.
England are scheduled to play four Test matches, two Twenty20 Internationals and five One Day Internationals during their India tour. Check out the England v India betting website for the latest picks for the series.