After the Test series comes the One Day International matches and a golden chance for England to demonstrate that they can also become number one in this format of cricket.
The two teams head to Chester-le-Street for the first of five ODI contests, with Graeme Swann focused on continued success after England whitewashed India 4-0 in the four Tests that were played this summer.
“It is a great test for us – hopefully the conditions will suit us and we can pull off a victory. It’s where we want to go in one-day cricket, we want to be an improving team and it’s a good chance to start,” Swann said.
India won the Cricket World Cup earlier this year, although the bookmakers have them as 6/5 outsiders (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) to claim victory on Saturday, with the tourists having narrowly lost the T20 match played at Old Trafford this week.
England are available at 4/6 (bet365 – £200 free betting) to keep turning the screw, with the home side showing plenty of character to overhaul India’s respectable total of 165 runs at a rate of 8.38 runs per over.
Swann is the favourite (3/1 Paddy Power) to be the top series bowler for his team, with James Anderson and Stuart Broad also likely to be successful, although Jade Dernbach is one to keep an eye out for.
Kevin Pietersen has been rested so it might be a chance for Craig Kieswetter to stake a claim on a starting berth in the ODI team, with the wicket keeper 5/1 to score the most runs.