India vs England: Visitors are the only side which can defeat Joe Root and Co in their own backyard, says Ravindra Jadeja

All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja exuded confidence ahead of the series opener, saying India are the only side which can beat England in its own backyard.

Press Trust of India, Jul 31, 2018 20:46:32 IST

Birmingham: All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja exuded confidence ahead of the series opener, saying India are the only side which can beat England in its own backyard.

India vs England: Visitors are the only side which can defeat Joe Root and Co in their own backyard, says Ravindra Jadeja

File image of Ravindra Jadeja. Image courtesy: Twitter @BCCIdomestic

"One good thing about Indian cricket is that we have options. Most of the international teams don't have bowling options left after retirement, but we have everything right now. We have a positive approach towards this series and we genuinely feel that we are the only side that can beat England in their own backyard," Jadeja told ESPNcricinfo.

India could play two spinners in the game, making it a three-way fight between Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and the young Kuldeep Yadav.

"Anything can happen. Kuldeep has really been playing well," said Jadeja when asked about the possibility of India fielding two left-arm spinners.

"India had lost a five-Test series 1-3 in England four years ago but has returned as a much wiser unit," feels Jadeja.

"Yes, we have more experienced players and most of our players have played a minimum of 25-30 Test matches. Experience is useful in Test Cricket. England have good fast bowlers who can exploit their home conditions.

"We also have some good bowlers, but during our 2014 tour, we didn't have enough experience. We were unaware of how the wicket would behave and how the weather will be. Now we are aware of the conditions and after so much experience in Test Cricket, I feel we can even dominate them," he said.

Asked about his altercation with England pacer James Anderson during the series opener in 2014, Jadeja said: "He is my friend now".

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Updated Date: Jul 31, 2018 20:46:32 IST






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