England vs India 1st Test Preview: The wait is over for classic England vs India test series as the two cricket giants are getting geared up to lock horns on August 4 for the opening test match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The two teams will also begin the second cycle of the ICC World Test Championship.
A total of 60 points will be on cards as the number two ranked ICC test team, India, takes on the fourth-ranked ICC test team, England. Each test of the five-match test series will vie for 12 points. The points will be added to the scorecards of the teams in the WTC points table, which will further decide the two finalists in 2023.
India has sustained an early storm as a few key players have been ruled out due to injury concerns. Yesterday, opener Mayank Agarwal was ruled out for the first test after getting hit on the head by a fierce bouncer from Mohammad Siraj in the nets. Earlier, Shubman Gill, Avesh Khan and Washington Sundar were ruled out for the entire tour due to their respective injuries.
England looks good as of now although they will be short of the services of all-rounder Ben Stokes who announced an immediate break from international cricket to take care of his mental wellbeing.
England vs India 1st Test Match Details:
Match: England vs India 1st Test Match
Day/Date: Wednesday/4th August 2021
Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Time: 3:30 PM IST.
England vs India Head to Head Records in Test Matches:
|Total Test Matches Played||126|
|Won by India||30|
|Won by England||49|
|India’s win percentage||23.8|
|England’s win percentage||38.8|
England vs India 1st Test Pitch Report and Weather:
The surface in England is usually a green top which aids the swing bowlers all throughout the game. The pitch gets better to bat on once the sun appears out while it becomes a nightmare for the batters in overcast conditions.
The predicted weather is pleasant for the first test however, there are isolated chances of showers on day three.
England vs India Live Streaming:
TV: Sky Sports
Live Streaming: SonyLIV
England vs India 1st Test Probable Playing11 and Squads:
England Complete Squad: Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jos Buttler, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Rory Burns, Mark Wood, Sam Curran, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Ollie Pope, Dominic Sibley, Dominic Bess, Jonny Bairstow, Ollie Robinson, Craig Overton.
India’s Complete Squad: Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Siraj, Rishabh Pant (wk), Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shardul Thakur, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Axar Patel, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Suryakumar Yadav, Prithvi Shaw.