ENG vs IND 1st Test Preview

After a month’s long break, Team India will be back in action on Wednesday, August 4th, 2021.

The India tour of England will also mark the beginning of the 2021-23 World Test Championship cycle. Both the teams are here after losing their last match against the World champions, New Zealand.

The Indian squad did not only face injury woes but also suspected several COVID-19 cases in the camp. Wicketkeeper-batsman, Rishabh Pant was infected with the virus. After recovery, Pant joined the men in blue in Durham for practice and training sessions for the upcoming 5 match series against England.

After Shubman Gill, Washington SundarandAvesh Khan, Mayank Agrawal also sustained an injury. Opener Mayank Agrawal will not be available for the 1st test as he suffered a concussion during the practice session.

KL Rahul is likely to open the innings with Rohit Sharma. KL Rahul scored a tremendous ton in the 3-day warm-up match against the County Select XI.

However, Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav will be joining the Indian squad as replacements for the 2nd test.

On the other hand, Team England lost balance, as their all-rounder player, Ben Stokes announced an indefinite break from all the formats of the game. Jofra Archer will also miss the series against India.

Team India registered the series by 3-1 in the England tour of India, this February.

Team India has not won a test series at England since 2007and would like to change that fact. Also, the Indian cricket fans are eagerly waiting for ViratKohli’s century. With high expectations, the Indian cricket team will begin with their 5 match test series against England today at 3:30 PM IST.

 

India Tour of England – Details

England Squad: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow, Daniel Lawrence, Jos Buttler (w), Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Craig Overton, Sam Curran, Jack Leach, Dominic Bess, Ollie Pope, Haseeb Hameed.

Indian Squad: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, CheteshwarPujara, ViratKohli (c), AjinkyaRahane, Rishabh Pant (w), RavichandranAshwin, ShardulThakhur, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, JaspritBumrah, RavindraJadeja, Mohammed Siraj, Axar Patel, WriddhimanSaha, Umesh Yadav, HanumaVihari, Abhimanyu Easwaran.

Where to watch: Sony Sports Network, Sony Six HD/SD for English commentary; Sony Ten 3 HD/SD for Hindi commentary, Sony LIV app.

Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Time: 3:30 PM IST

Head-to-Head: Overall Matches – 126

India – 48

England – 29

Drawn – 49

Head-to-Head (In England):

Overall Matches – 62

England – 34

India – 7

Drawn – 21

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