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IIt’s been 11 years since England beat India 4-0 and climbed to first place in the world testing rankings. Some of us may remember that India was a little psychologically drained from having won the World Cup a few months earlier, was onboarding a new coach, Duncan Fletcher, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook made grandpa two hundred and James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann were formidable. It was the last time England swept a series with more than two Tests and, notably, Broad (but not Anderson) will be there in Leeds this morning trying to do it again.

England are on the rise after Trent Bridge, but we must recognize how precarious the line they walk. If Jonny Bairstow had lost his leg facing Matt Henry after tea on the last day, many of the same people who were showering him with praise would have covered him in vitriol. When he tried to lead England to victory, as instructed by the coach and captain, on Saturday night at Lord’s, he was “stupid”. When it happened in Nottingham, he was a ‘hero’ who ‘torn convention’. Whose Conventions? It’s not his. We must keep in mind that there will be exciting successes when they cross the high rope and moments when they slip and fall. There is no one without the other for a team at this stage of rebuilding that has been encouraged to play so uninhibited.

Jamie Overton is a welcome addition to the XI. I thought Matty Potts played very well in Lord’s and the second round of the second test, but having a 90mph player at one end gives the captain a chance to play properly, as well as subjecting the opposition to pace (‘like fire’) and bounce.

NZ welcome back captain Kane Williamson, who is expected to return to Michael Bracewell, while Neil Wagner is expected to be the man to replace the injured Kyle Jamieson.

The bid is imminent. We will bring the team news as soon as confirmed by the captains.

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