England will face India in the first game of a five-match Test series, which begins on Wednesday, August 4th, at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Both tourists and hosts should be well-rested before beginning on this tour.
India has lost three consecutive tours in England, in 2018, 2014, and 2011. In England, India has never won a four-match Test series.
Following the conclusion of the World Test Championship final, some of the Indian Test contingent remained in England. The players gathered at Durham for a period of training that included a practice match versus the County Select XI after being free for a couple of weeks.
England’s most recent series was a three-match ODI and T20I series against Pakistan. They were, however, without their regulars due to a COVID-19 epidemic in their squad. The ODI series was won 3-0 by a team of marginal players and new stars led by Ben Stokes. They also went on to win the Twenty20 International series 2-1.
Ollie Robinson, who was suspended pending an investigation into racist and sexist tweets he sent, has since been approved to return to cricket.
England has a pretty full lineup for this series, however, they will be without Ben Stokes, who is taking an indefinite vacation from cricket. Jofra Archer, who is still recovering from elbow surgery, will also be absent.
HOW’S THE PITCH?
Trent Bridge’s pitch should be bowler-friendly, with abundant grass. The seamers should have a nice day in the middle, especially with the chance for cloud cover. There should be some spin on the offer in the match’s final two days.
Rain is predicted to be a factor in the first Test, with showers expected on all five days of the match. Showers are expected throughout match times on days 2, 3, and 4, which might be very damaging. Over the five days, the average temperature should be around 20 degrees Celsius.
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.
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.
Rain is expected to be a role in the opening Test, with showers forecast for all five days. Showers are forecast during match times on days 2, 3, and 4, with the potential to be quite damaging. The average temperature for the five days should be around 20 degrees Celsius.
Date: August 4-8, 2021 (Wednesday-Sunday).
Time: 11:00 AM (Local/ BST), 03:30 PM (IST), and 10:00 AM (GMT).
Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
TV: Sony Six
Live Streaming: SonyLiv With both teams aiming to find the right balance in their teams amidst some injury issues, this series should prove to be a spectacle for quality cricketing entertainment. Expect an exciting start to the tour between England and India.