The series is still some days away but the banter has started with India pace spearhead Zaheer Khan taunting Andrew Strauss, saying the English skipper’s decision to play for Somerset in a practice match highlights the “element of doubt” in his mind.
“The fact that Andrew Strauss is here playing in this practice game says it all. There is definitely that element of doubt in his mind and he has given me that edge now going into the series,” Zaheer was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.
“A guy who wants to come and face a particular bowler who he knows is troubling him is in itself a sign. I feel that as a captain it is not a positive move for someone who is going to lead England.
“He has shown the opponent exactly what it is he is thinking. It has been a good contest between us and as a bowler
I’ve always felt that if I can provide that early breakthrough it definitely puts the team in the driving seat so that is my aim on this tour as well,” Zaheer added.
Strauss made 78 on the opening day of the three-day match between the touring Indians and Somerset Friday.