The test series between England and India is all set to begin today and also the new WTC cycle, i.e 2021-2023. Both the teams would look to start positively and start off with a win at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The England team finished 4th in the WTC 2019-21 cycle and certainly have a pressure of performing well. On the other side, Indian team emerged as the runner-up, but need to better their batting performance. The pitch will be beneficial for the bowlers with a lot of grass on the surface, and it will be exciting to see which team hold their nerves better and perform well.
The England team have won the toss and have opted to bat in the 1st test match against India. While Ishant Sharma and Ravi Ashwin has been left out of the Playing 11. The former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar said on Sony Six Pre-show that the pacer is reported to be not 100% match fit for the match. Sharma injured his finger during the WTC Final, but the confirmation has not yet received for the reason behind the exclusion. The team is playing with 4 pacers, Shardul Thakur, Mohammad Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammad Shami.
The ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has also been excluded from the Playing 11 of ENG vs IND 1st test, which is quite shocking given his fantastic form , with experience and track record in England.
In a huge blow to home team, India’s pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah has dismissed Rory Burns in the 1st over of the test match. This will certainly put a lot of pressure on the England’s batters, and players like Joe Root and Bairstow would look to play their natural game.
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