Virat Kohli’s India will pose England


The Vincibles of 2018 have departed. The Australian cricketers have left the country, tails between their legs, and several of them will not be seen here again, especially not in next year’s World Cup when the best Australians will either be fit or reintegrated. They have taken their punishment in the most gentlemanly manner after a little tour that will already be discarded from the memory bank, if indeed it registered at all down under.They have been replaced by India, who will play three T20 internationals and three ODIs against England over the next fortnight. Then, after the usual upheaval in personnel – on both sides –there will be a five-Test series crammed into 42 days.Now Eoin Morgan’s side will face a significant white-ball challenge, especially if the sun continues to shine. Traditionally India do not travel well. They are often invincible at home; they sometimes falter on tour. Yet somehow it is unlikely that Virat Kohli will tolerate that for much longer. His attempts to prepare for this tour by playing for Surrey were eventually scuppered by injury but the fact that he was eager to play some county cricket indicates how determined he is to crack England, where he has seldom dominated as a batsman. His intentions were not a bad advert for county cricket, either.