Why England's first Test against India is the perfect distraction from the US presidential election

The morning of Wednesday November 9 could well provide sleepless nights across the world, with the US presidential election results due to roll in during the early hours.

But if you're too nervous to sleep, there is an alternative. It should be just about becoming clear whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will win the election at around 4am, which just happens to be when the first ball of England's series in India is due to be bowled.

So if the election is all a bit much for you, we think settling down for some lovely Test cricket could be the answer. Here's why:

Last time England made history

Alistair Cook speaks to the press ahead of England's series in India in 2012 - (Anthony Devlin/PA)
(Anthony Devlin/PA)

England's last visit to India came four years ago in late 2012, and by the time they left the southern hemisphere they had broken a 28-year winless run.

Since 1985 England had been unable to win a series in India, but Alastair Cook managed to captain his side to a 2-1 win having gone 1-0 down in embarrassing fashion. When India managed 521 in their first innings only for England to respond with a paltry 191, a series win was most certainly not on the cards.

But England recovered and, thanks to some inspired batting from Kevin Pietersen and Cook, managed to go 2-1 up after the third Test, and held on for a draw in the fourth.

Another series this epic would be worth staying up for.

Alastair Cook bats well against India - very well

Alastair Cook scores a century against India - (Aman Sharma/AP)
(Aman Sharma/AP)

Speaking of Cook, it could well be worth getting a cup of cocoa, a blanket and some early-morning cricket into your schedule if his form in India is anything to go by.

England's captain and opening batsman has an average of 54.21 against India, and a whopping 61.85 while playing in India.

That's unsurprising when you consider the innings of 176, 122 and 190 he made to guide England to victory last time the side toured India. A Cook century is absolutely a better way to spend your time than worrying about the future of the USA.

Stuart Broad's 100th Test

England's Stuart Broad - (A.M. Ahad/AP)
(A.M. Ahad/AP)

England have been lucky to have two world-class seam bowlers in their side for the better part of a decade now, and Stuart Broad is one of those.

The 30-year-old will earn his 100th Test cap in Rajkot, and, since his debut in 2007 against Sri Lanka, the Nottinghamshire right-armer has taken an impressive 360 Test wickets.

Broad has also contributed 10 Test 50s from his position lower down the batting order, and one century. Stay up and celebrate with Stuart rather than fretting over the US presidential election.

England might lose quite badly

Bangladesh celebrate victory over England in the second Test - (A.M. Ahad/AP)
(A.M. Ahad/AP)

Before England's mammoth series against India, they took on Bangladesh in a two-game mini-series, and boy oh boy was it something.

England avoided their first Test defeat against Bangladesh by a narrow margin of 22 runs in the first game thanks to some Ben Stokes heroics, but were less fortunate in Dhaka, where the spin of 19-year-old Mehedi Hasan proved too much. England lost by 108 runs, having collapsed from 100-0, to 164 all out.

If Cook's side carry that form through to India, they could be in for a hard time, and what better way to take your mind off the nerves of the US presidential election than by watching England collapse like a souffle?

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