England haven’t lost a Test series since adopting Bazball, while India haven’t lost at home since 2012-13.
“India are the favourites, but every single challenge Bazball has faced they’ve stuck to their guns and Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum‘s record is seriously good, I wouldn’t write them off,” Hussain told Sky Sports.
“Bazball has been very successful, especially at home, and the two toughest places to tour are India or Australia. It’s going to be a massive challenge for England.
“India want to see how this new approach will work at home. It will be fascinating cricket and will be interesting to see how this particular side will go against what is one of the great cricketing outfits at the moment, which is the India side.”
‘India’s spinners are very different to England’s’
Because Indian pitches are often slow, spin will be crucial once more. Former England captain Michael Atherton believes that the Indian spin assault has greater diversity.
“If you go to India, spin will play a big part, it historically has done, and I suspect it always will do. India do have a very strong seam attack as well.
“India’s four spinners are very different to England’s. They have two left-arm finger spinners in Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel. They have a wrist spinner in Kuldeep Yadav, and Ravichandran Ashwin is one of the greatest spinners of all time.
“England have a solid left-arm spinner in Jack Leach and then three very inexperienced spinners after that with Tom Hartley, Shoaib Bashir and Rehan Ahmed. It will be a particular challenge for them, but the selectors see a high ceiling for them,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)