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Jasprit Bumrah (L) took a fifer on return to Test cricket (Getty Images)

Aware of the threat that the Indian pace attack poses, England will shy away from preparing a green track, former India opener Virender Sehwag has said.

At Trent Bridge 19 of the 20 England wickets to fall went to pacers as India recorded a 203-run win. After losing the opening two Tests, India kept the series alive by winning the third Test and are aiming to make it 2-2 in Southampton.

“England know that India’s bowling attack is capable of claiming 20 wickets in a Test,” Sehwag was quoted as saying by India TV on Thursday. “So they won’t keep the wicket much green in Southampton. If they make a bowling-friendly wicket, our bowlers will have an upper hand.”

The last Indian team to win consecutive Tests in England was back in 1986 and Sehwag believes the current bunch of players are more than capable of repeating that. “India last won two consecutive Tests in England in 1986. I believe that the Virat Kohli-led Test team can rewrite the history in England,” the 39-year-old said.

Sehwag also advocated against an all-pace attack saying India should take a cue from England and include an extra spinner in Ravindra Jadeja. “If Kohli decides to stick with the same team, there will be four fast bowlers. England, on the other hand, are playing three fast bowlers and one spinner. If the wicket turns out to be spin-friendly, India might miss an extra spinner. They can bring Ravindra Jadeja in as he can bat as well,” he opined.