India Tour of England 2014: Picking an Alternative India Test XI

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India Tour of England 2014: Picking an Alternative India Test XI
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India last month announced an 18-member touring party that will visit England for a five-Test series in the summer, starting July 9 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

While most of the squad members picked themselves, there were a few surprise inclusions and exclusions as well, which have been discussed earlier.

Meanwhile, the Indian selectors picked a second-string squad to tour Bangladesh for three one-day internationals in Dhaka, in what was a rather make-shift series wedged in the gap between the Indian Premier League and the England tour.

While the decision to pick a weakened squad for Bangladesh had its critics prior to the start of the series, the Indians have responded by winning the first two ODIs and sealing the series before the third match on Thursday.

India were always going to send their best players to England, but with the selection debates over the last couple of weeks surrounding both series, it would be an interesting experiment to ponder over an alternate Indian Test XI.

We decided to give it a go and here's our pick of a rather different-looking Indian Test XI from what you will see during the England tour. Note that the players on this team have been picked after taking into account the following criteria:

  1. Form in the last 12 months (including domestic season)
  2. Technical skills and talent to thrive in England
  3. Experience and reputation

Have a look at our XI and let us know if you agree or would have picked someone else.

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