Hugh Morris, the managing director of England cricket, believes that England playing the Test series against India on quick pitches will give them the edge.
Morris believes faster pitches than Indian are accustomed to could be the difference between two highly talented sides.
“We do have home advantage here,” he said. “The ball can swing around in our conditions as we know and obviously there’s a little bit more pace and bounce in the pitches over here rather than the sub-continent.
“So assuming that we are going to be playing on pitches that help our seam bowlers, and also our batters, then we should be in a good position to do well.”
However, Morris stressed that England will not take Indian team lightly.
“We’re not underestimating the task ahead of us,” he added. “India are a very, very fine side. They’ve got some fantastic players, some terrific batsmen.
“Sachin Tendulkar’s got to be one of the greatest players of all time. So we know the task ahead but we feel we’re up to the challenge.”
Morris is also excited by the prospect of two milestones falling at the Lord’s.
“The forthcoming series against India is hugely significant in the history of cricket,” he said.
“The Test match at Lord’s will be the 100th Test match between India and England. It will also be the 2,000 Test match of all time. Historically, it’s a memorable moment.”