1st Test: Chance for India to test the batting reserves

It's a rarity in Indian cricket that batting has looked like the weaker link. And while India have managed to create an enviable pace-bowling pool, they are now scratching for reliable Test batting options. The two-Test series against New Zealand that starts in Kanpur on Thursday is a good opportunity to check how soft the underbelly is. It could potentially signal the start of the process of the middle-order's transition.

1st Test: Chance for India to test the batting reserves
It's a rarity in Indian cricket that batting has looked like the weaker link. And while India have managed to create an enviable pace-bowling pool, they are now scratching for reliable Test batting options. The two-Test series against New Zealand that starts in Kanpur on Thursday is a good opportunity to check how soft the underbelly is. It could potentially signal the start of the process of the middle-order's transition.