England are leaving no stone unturned in their preparations for the first Test of the five-match series against India.Most of the batsmen in the England squad have faced the likes of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav on their home soil four years ago but it’s the threat of the spinners that has made the hosts practice harder than usual ahead of the match.Along with R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, India have a new weapon in their arsenal this time in the form of Kuldeep Yadav, which is why England have called up three left-arm wrist spinners to bowl at their batsmen in the nets.England fans likely to outnumber India supporters in Edgbaston TestYoung English spinners Akhil Patel, William Blackwell and Sam Wisniewski got the golden opportunity to help the England team practice playing spin in the nets, as reported by ESPNCricinfo.Kevin Pietersen still a hit among fans, voted in England’s greatest Test XIIndia’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane labelled Kuldeep Yadav as the team’s X-factor going into the series after the chinaman troubled the English batsmen in the limited-overs series earlier this month.England gear up for historic 1000th Test, India eye rare series triumphOnly Joe Root and Jos Buttler were able to pick Kuldeep’s variations in the five matches that he played while the rest were left bamboozled.Whether Kuldeep plays in the first Test or not remains to be seen but the hosts clearly do not want to take any chances.advertisementICC congratulates ECB as England gear up for 1000th Test matchBut it is not just the threat from Kuldeep that they want to counter. In Ashwin and Jadeja, India has the most dangerous spin attack in the Test format, and it would not be wise to forget their ability with the duo having taken 487 Test wickets as a pair which is why off-spinner Dominic Bess and left-arm spinner Jack Leach were also seen at the nets. Off-spinner Dominc Bess took part in the practice session and bowled at the English batsmen (Reuters Photo)India vs England: I feel a bit sorry for Adil Rashid, says Alastair CookIndia may or may not play Kuldeep at Edgbaston after looking at the current conditions and the pitch. Rain on Sunday ended the dry spell in Birmingham which suggests that both teams could play three seamers and one spinner in their XI.If the conditions favour the seamers then England will hold the obvious home advantage. Their batsmen and bowlers have honed their skills on swinging and seaming tracks here.I was kind of surprised: Adil Rashid reacts to England Test squad comebackBut that is not something which India is too worried about as claimed by coach Ravi Shastri, who feels the experience of playing in England four years ago will help his team in this series.”A lot of players have been to England before. A lot of them have learned a lot in the last few years, playing as a unit. I see that as a big advantage as opposed to coming with a brand new side,” said Shastri told ESPNCricinfo.Talking about the conditions in England, Shastri said, “The square will be different, the outfield will be different and the weather conditions will be different to back in India. But whatever the conditions, the balls moves in England.”In South Africa we played on some spicy tracks. We have to adapt to those 22 yards. We adapted better than South Africa in Johannesburg and we won that Test. They won a couple of sessions more than us in the first two Tests and won two Tests.”How the pitch will behave remains to be seen but rest assured the first session of play will still be difficult for the batsmen. Spin or no spin, English and Indian batsmen will have to concentrate hard every ball to stand a chance of succeeding at Edgbaston.
Undergoing bariatric surgery to combat obesity can prevent women from developing womb cancer also known as uterine or endometrial cancer, claims a study. The findings, led by scientists from the University of Manchester, showed that women who had gastric sleeve or bypass surgery for obesity found that precancerous tissue in their womb reverted to normal tissue when they lost weight. “For super obese women, quick access to weight loss surgery has benefits beyond improving diabetes and risk of heart disease. It can also reduce womb cancer risk,” said Emma Crosbie, clinical senior lecturer from Manchester. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Losing weight through dieting is also likely to be effective, but we know that dieting is very hard to do and weight lost is often re-gained,” she said. In the study, published in International journal of Cancer, the team examined nearly 100 women with an average BMI of over 50 – considered to be super obese – had biopsies taken from their wombs during gastric sleeve or bypass surgery. Obese post-menopausal women produce oestrogen from their fat stores. But as they no longer ovulate, the lack of progesterone allows the cells in the womb to grow, which increases the risk of cancer. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveInflammatory responses and insulin production are also changed in obese women and can cause cells in the womb to grow. “Because the reversal of precancerous changes in the womb was so quick, we think the metabolic consequences of weight loss surgery was crucial,” said Crosbie. However, the researchers stressed that the surgical option was not for everyone, because it was no an easy choice. “It changes your relationship with food forever, as you’ll be eating smaller meals more frequently, and it is important to remember that surgery can be a hazardous procedure,” said Crosbie. “But for those that choose it, gastric sleeve or bypass surgery can now be seen as a preventative measure for womb cancer.”