Team India will be back in action for their next major assignment versus England away from home. England were dismantled 3-1 earlier this year in India, and will be eying redemption in home conditions this time around. Five Tests will be played between the two heavyweights of world cricket, and the game kicks off later today at Trent Bridge. Both India and England have ample experience, and firepower in their respective squads that can lead to a mouth water encounter for cricket fans.
Fixture Name: 1st Test, England vs India
Date: 4 August
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Ground: Trent Bridge
Pitch Report: The wicket at Trent Bridge sways more in favor of the faster bowlers, as they can get plenty of movement from it. From the last 15 Tests at this venue, just the two have ended as a draw.
Grand League Team 1
WK: J Buttler, R Pant (vc)
BAT: V Kohli, J Root, R Burns
AR: R Ashwin, S Curran (c)
BOW: J Anderson, M Shami, J Bumrah, M Wood
Grand League Team 2
WK: J Buttler, R Pant
BAT: R Sharma, V Kohli, A Rahane, J Root (c)
AR: S Curran
BOW: I Sharma, S Broad, M Shami (vc), J Leach
Grand League Team 3
WK: J Buttler, J Bairstow, R Pant
BAT: R Sharma, L Rahul, Z Crawley
AR: R Ashwin (VC), S Curran
BOW: J Anderson (C), M Shami, J Bumrah
James Anderson having been a part of 162 Tests for England, has picked up 617 wickets. The 39-year-old is a master of swing bowling in home conditions and can pose a threat here.
Sam Curran impressed the last time India toured to England through his all round abilities. Curran has impressed with his left-arm-pace by picking up 44 wickets, and also has three fifties under his belt with the bat.
Rishabh Pant has scored 1403 runs from 21 Tests, at an average of 43.8. He’s also struck six fifties and three hundreds, and can certainly pack a punch here.
Mohamed Shami has been one of the most pivotal bowlers for India in recent times. The right-arm-fast-bowler has picked up 184 wickets from 51 Tests for he country.
Injury Report and Unavailability: Ben Stokes has taken a break from all forms of cricket.
Expected Changes an Strategy:
Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed/Dominic Sibley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Daniel Lawrence, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson, Jack Leach.
Injury Report and Unavailability: No injury concerns
Expected Changes and Strategy:
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin/Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj
The match can be streamed live on Sony Liv.
The match will be broadcasted live on the Sony Sports Network.