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England batsmen, including the recalled Kevin Pietersen, have had very good preparation for the series though they did not play against a top quality spinner.
Barring a few overs from Test discard Amit Mishra in their warm-up game against Haryana, the visitors have faced little known slow bowlers or part-timers.
The visitors have a good batting line-up led by captain Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Pietersen, Ian Bell and Samit Patel who play the turning ball well.
All of them, barring Bell, have got centuries in the warm-up games and how well Ashwin and Ojha bowl against thiss trong line-up would be key to India's success.
Cook is likely to be partnered by uncapped Nick Compton, who is in good nick, but India can take advantage of the new combination by putting the debutant under pressure.
India's batting looks strong on paper even without Rahul Dravid and V V S Laxman, who retired early this year.
Though openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir have not fired big for long, the home conditions would be relished by this very experienced duo as the new ball is not expected to do much on the re-laid Sardar Patel track.
The openers have not scored a century for a long time, but more than the tons it's a good opening partnership that would be looked upon from the Delhi pair so that the middle order batsmen could build on that for an imposing total.
The way the two batsmen take upon the expected opposing fast bowling line-up of James Anderson, Tim Bresnan and Stuart Broad, also coming back from a heel injury lay-off, would be another crucial factor.
Virat Kohli has become India's lynchpin in batting over the last few series, while Cheteshwar Pujara has the ability to either go for the shots after a good start or play the waiting game if the need is to steady the ship.