India begins their tour of England on the 4th of August, with the 1st Test match of the 5 match series between them to be held at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. All 5 matches of the Test series are set to be held at different stadiums, along with packed crowds, signifying the easing of covid measures in the United Kingdom.
England will be looking to exact some revenge, after the mauling they took in India earlier this year. The 4 match series held in February-march ended with India winning 3-1, with many debates focusing on the spin pitches of India. India wouldn’t also have good memories of the last time they toured England, getting thrashed 4-1 in the 5 match series held in 2018.
Just 1⃣ sleep away from the series opener ⌛️#TeamIndia #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/aXuLl3HvQF— BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 2021
However, something of note was that Nottingham was the only venue India could register a victory in the 2018 test series. And much is yet to be seen if Team India can do better this time around. Virat Kohli will have much to ponder about, selecting the team with the conditions favoring the English.
Will England prove superior in their home conditions? Or can Virat Kohli and co show they have learned from their defeats in the 2018 test series?
Match Toss Time: 10:30 Local (15:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 11:00 Local (15:30 ISTT)
Match Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Head to Head
Matches Played: 126, ENG: 48, IND: 29, Draw: 49
The weather conditions look bleak for the 1st Test with at least a 50% chance of precipitation on all five days of the game, and the percentage rising to 70 on the first day. 70-75% humidity is expected, with an 11-21 Km/hr wind speed range. The temperature is expected to hover around not more than 20°C during the game hours.
The pitch at Trent Bridge should be a competitive strip producing an even battle between bat and ball. Batsmen need to aim to survive the new ball phase before looking to score runs, as the decent carry should help them once they get set in this pitch. Spinners should come into play as the pitch gets more worn out.
"I don't think India can have any complaints if we do leave a bit of grass on because what we came up against (them) on our tour of India last time, we certainly played into India's hands.
England will look to make personnel changes throughout the series with all eyes on Joe Root. Stuart Broad and James Anderson would certainly be rotated keeping their age in mind and load in mind. An even bigger loss would be that of Ben Stokes, who has taken time away due to mental health issues.
The Indian management will have much to consider, with their team selection for the WTC final going wrong in ways. The loss of Mayank Agarwal opens up a spot in the opening slot which will probably be filled by KL Rahul. And then would be the combination of spinners and pacers, considering the conditions of the wicket.
Probable Playing XI
England (ENG): Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Daniel Lawrence, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson, Jack Leach.
India (IND): KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj/ Shardul Thakur
Joe Root is one of the leading batsmen of England and a part of the famous fab four, surely runs will be expected of him. Rohit Sharma looks like the man in form for India in Tests this year. James Anderson and Mohammed Shami are our other must-picks.
ENG v IND Fantasy team
Captain and Vice-Captain Picks
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