India may not be world's No.1 Test team for long: Geoffrey Boycott

Former England captain and opener Geoffrey Boycott has said that India may not be world's No.1 Test team for long after losing the Lord's Test by 196 runs.

In an article for The Telegraph, Boycott said that the England team is in a very healthy situation.

"They should polish India off in the second Test and press home the advantage they gained at Lord's, which marked the beginning of the end for India as the world's No.1 Test team," he said.

Admitting that there isn't too much to choose between the batting line-ups of the two sides', Boycott said: "There is strength in depth in both teams and we expect India to improve, but their bowling is not good enough to worry England."

He described Zaheer Khan as a quality bowler, but one who would find it difficult to survive four Test matches in five weeks.

"His ability has never been in doubt, but his fitness has always been a worry. It looks as if India can't risk him again now until the third Test at Edgbaston. If they do and he breaks down again they will look stupid," Boycott said.

He also said that off-spinner Harbhajan Singh appeared to be bowling too slow through the air.

"He is going to have to change his trajectory to make any impression," Boycott said.

"Praveen Kumar swings the ball beautifully both ways but unless it is a very helpful pitch he should not bother good batsmen at military medium pace," he added.

He said that Ishant Sharma was at present the tourists' best prospect, as he was tall, and had both bounce and movement, which could cause England batsmen problems in the rest of the series.

Back-up seamers Munaf Patel and S Sreesanth were military-medium and the latter was particularly exasperating and too expensive, Boycott said.

He predicted that the next three Test-match pitches will have to be very helpful to seam bowling or England will have to bat very badly to get out cheaply to this Indian attack.

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