The day that fans have been eagerly awaiting has arrived. England and India are set to start the five-match Test series At the famous Trent Bridge in Nottingham as of Wednesday. The series opener will also mark the start of the second cycle of the 2021-23 World Test Championship (WTC).
The hosts were looking forward to repeating what they did with visitors in 2018. On that tour, the English crush Virat Kohli and Co By 4-1.
On the other hand, the visitors were aiming to turn things around at this time, especially after winning 3-1 at home Which side is led by Joe Root In February and March earlier this year. Compared to the 2018 India Tour in England, their bowling attack looks more promising, which is key in English conditions.
Conditions in Nottingham are cloudy as usual, and the pitch is a classic green rooftop. Without surprises, players will gain an early advantage. But since August, spinners will also have their turn, especially in the later stages of the game.
Face to face record (in England):
Number of matches played: 62 | England won with 34 | India won: 7 | Draw: 21 | Draw: 0
England will definitely miss Ben StokesAnd Who took an indefinite break from international cricket due to mental stress. Sam Curran And Olly Robinson Likely to appear in the bowling attack along with the veteran duo James Anderson And Stuart Broad. Intermediate hitter first pope He was injured in the quadriceps during training, and if he remained unfit, Johnny Bairstow It will definitely replace it. The hosts will also be looking to include a spinner in their XI play, especially after losing the last domestic series against New Zealand.
ENG XI: Joe Root (c), Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zach Crowley, Joss Butler (week), Sam Curran, Olly Robinson, Stewart Broad, Jack Leach, James Anderson, Olly Pop/Johnny Birstow.
in absence Mayank AgarwalAnd KL Rahul will likely come as an opener. Although India’s tactics of playing two spinners in the World Tennis Championship final were not in their favour, they are unlikely to bring down players like Ravindra Jadeja And Ravichandran Ashwin To add another pass in the bowling attack.
IND XI: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, K.L. Rahul, Chitchwar Pojra, Ajinkiya Rahani, Rishabh Pant (week), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Muhammad Shami, Jaspreet Poomrah/Muhammad Siraj.