The England captain Andrew Strauss has compared the Test series against India with the Ashes.
Strauss said,“There’s a lot of interest. It’s a series that doesn’t need much building up.
“Cricket-wise, it’s certainly as big a challenge as the Ashes. If we want to be the best side in the world, we have to beat sides like India.”
Strauss belives that India’s poor past record at Lord’s will count for nothing in this series.
“We’re comfortable at Lord’s,” he added. “We love coming here to play, but I think that what’s happened in the past is of very little relevance to what’s going to happen in this game.”
“There’s going to be a fantastic atmosphere at Lord’s and probably throughout the summer. We’re excited by that and we like that buzz in the ground.
“Home advantage counts for a lot in cricket, but it’s more to do with the conditions and the wickets than how many people are supporting you.”
Strauss said that he is feeling in better nick after scoring a fifty and an unbeaten hundred against India in the practice game.
“I turn up here feeling in better nick, which is great, but I’ve got to start all over again and earn runs this week,” he said. “I enjoyed my time down there, Somerset were fantastic, and I really appreciate the opportunity, but it’s back to square one this week.”
Asked about the choice between Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan for England’s final bowling position, Strauss kept his cards close to his chest.
“Our considerations are that we’ve got to pick an 11 and we’ve got 12 here,” he replied.
“Both Stuart and Tim Bresnan have offered a lot for us over the last 12 months. Whoever plays, we’re very confident will perform well and make a big contribution..”
The four-match contest begins tomorrow at Lord’s with the 2,000th Test of all time and the 100th between England and India.