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ENG vs IND Live: Why is Ravichandran Ashwin Not Playing first Test? Check Details

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ENG vs IND Live: It is now time for the ultimate clash of the English summer as India face England in the first Test match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. In a massive recent update, England captain Joe Root has won the toss and opted to bat first.

Why is Ravichandran Ashwin Not Playing first Test?

India captain Virat Kohli stunned everyone when he mentioned that senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is not part of the playing XI for the first Test against England. Ashwin’s exclusion comes as a big shocker after his famous six-wicket haul in a recent County match in England. Instead, the visitors have went ahead with Ravindra Jadeja as the lone spinner in the playing 11. However, it still remains to be known whether Ashwin is completely fit or not.

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“Last time England chose to bowl first here, and we would have wanted to bat first as well. We would look to get in with the ball in the first session, and a few early breakthroughs will be handy. There is a bit of a change up top, KL Rahul comes in. Our bowling combination is: Bumrah, Shami, Thakur, Siraj and Jadeja as the spinner. You could call it an accumulation of all the hardwork we have put in over the years. The opportunity to win in England and Australia in the same year is rare. To get opportunities in such times to play and play in front of crowds as well, we are grateful,” said India captain Virat Kohli during the toss.

Related: Why is Ishant Sharma Not Playing IND vs ENG 1st Test?

ENG vs IND Live

India Playing 11: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj

England Playing 11: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root(c), Jonny Bairstow, Daniel Lawrence, Jos Buttler(w), Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

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