England (ENG) & India (IND) will clash in the first test match of a 5-match Test series starting on Wednesday, 4th August, at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. According to IST, the match will begin at 3.30 PM.
ENG vs IND: India tour of England: Preview
After losing to New Zealand in the WTC finals, the Indian team stayed in England. After being released for a couple of weeks, the squad regrouped at Durham for a period of training that included a practice match against the County Select XI. Some big names like Virat, Ajinkya Rahane & Rishabh Pant missed that match for different reasons. In their absence, KL Rahul made a case for his inclusion to the Test side with an unbeaten 101* in that game. Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan will be missing the tour because of injuries & opener Shubman Gill will also miss the series after sustaining a stress fracture in his shin.
England had a brilliant series against Pakistan. They played 3 Match ODI series & T20 match series against the visitors. Even though their experienced players were missing because of Covid outbreak, they did great job by winning both series against Pakistan. Their last foray in Test cricket was against New Zealand, another series where they didn’t field their full-strength side. They lost the series by 1-0. In the upcoming test series against India, England will have their full squad back in action except Ben Stokes, who is on a break, & Jofra Archer, who’s still recovering from his elbow surgery.
ENG vs IND: 1st Test: Weather Report
Rain could very well play spoilsport in the 1st Test, with showers expected on all five days of the match. Days 2, 3, and 4 could be especially affected, with showers forecast during match timings. The average temperature should be around 20 degrees celsius over the five days.
ENG vs IND: 1st Test: Pitch Report
The wicket at Trent Bridge should be a bowler-friendly wicket with plenty of grass. The seamers should have a great time in the middle, especially with the potentially overcast conditions. There should be some turn on offer towards the last two days of the match.
ENG vs IND: 1st Test: Probable Playing XI
England: Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed/ Dominic Sibley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root (C), Jos Buttler (WK), Daniel Lawrence, Ollie Robinson/Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson, and Jack Leach
India: Mayank Agarwal/ Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane/ KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja/ Shardul Thakur, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami.
ENG vs IND: 1st Test: Dream 11 Team Prediction
Dream 11 Team: R Sharma, A Rahane, J Root, R Burns, R Ashwin, I Sharma, J Anderson, S Broad, M Shami, Virat Kohli (C), J Buttler (WK)
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ENG vs IND: 1st Test: Match Prediction
India hasn’t had much practice in English conditions other than the solitary practice game. They will struggle as most of their test players are injured & out of the whole series. The replacements announced by BCCI will be taking part after the 2nd test. It will be difficult for India to get back into the rhythm for the game. England’s squad is experienced & well prepared for the test format. All their experienced players are back in the team & will be motivated to perform. Rains are also expected to interrupt the game but if that does not happen, England is expected to win the first test.