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Nasser Hussain (Getty Images)

Former captain Nasser Hussain believes that Indian cricket team hasn’t prepared well for their England tour which has seen them conceding a 0-1 lead to the hosts after a close defeat at Edgbaston in the series opener.

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Nasser pointed out the inability of Indian batsmen to counter the swing-threat posed by the pace battery of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes and Sam Curran.

“I think they are a bit undercooked really. I was, in fact, quite surprised that India reduced their four-day warm-up game to a three-day match before the start of the series,” Hussain was quoted as saying by India Today on Tuesday.

He also expressed his surprise at the exclusion of Cheteshwar Pujara who in 58 Tests has accumulated 4531 runs with 14 centuries and 17 fifties.

“To go in against the moving ball against the likes of Anderson, Broad, Stokes, Curran, etc, they looked a bit undercooked. I am surprised that they left out Pujara, one of their better players. Maybe, come the second game, India will be better where they would’ve had a little bit more cricket,” he said.

India have to sort out their batting woes and also face the dilemma of whether to play an extra bowler or go in with five batsmen in the second Test which begins from Thursday at the Lord’s. Nasser expects the pitch to not provide as much assistance to the bowlers as it did at Edgbaston.

“It will be a good pitch at the Lord’s. I don’t think ball will do as much as it did at Edgbaston so that will help the Indian batsmen a little bit. But, there’s the slope at the Lord’s and there’s always a little bit of movement. It will also spin a little bit,” he observed.

Barring captain Virat Kohli‘s super individual effort on Day 1 that resulted in his England counterpart Joe Root being run out on 80, India were found wanting in the fielding department as they dropped catches which proved decisive. “Conditions play a part but if India had been a little smarter and taken their catches in the first game, you would be talking about one-nil down for England and everyone will be nailing England at the moment. So both sides have their problems,” Nasser said.