ENG vs IND Prediction: Team India will have a tough task in hand on Friday, July 1 as they take on England in the fifth Test match of the five-match series. The two nations will lock horns on knowing a win for England will se them salvage something from the series, while a draw will see India win the Test series. Currently India lead the series 2-1, which was rescheduled from last year. Interestingly, Jasprit Bumrah will lead the Indian side in absence of Rohit Sharma.
The match is set to play a huge role in India’s World Test Championship (WTC) standings. Currently India are third in the standings, below Australia and South Africa and will be eager to make a mark and climb the table.
Match: ENG vs IND – 5th Test
Date and Time: Friday, July 1, 03:00 PM IST
Venue: Edgbaston in Birmingham
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Injury Update –
India will be without Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul with the former ruled out due to Covid-19 positive test while the latter due injury.
ENG Playing XI –
Zak Crawley, Alex Lees, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Sam Billings (wk), Matthew Potts, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, James Anderson
IND Playing XI –
Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, KS Bharat, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Pitch Report –
With five days on offer, the pitch will play important role in deciding the contest. With spinners expected to play an important role, both teams will be aware of the conditions and. Rain could also affect the condition of the pitch in the Edgbaston Test.
Form Guide –
England – WWWLD
Head to head –
Match Prediction –
England will be the hot favorites to win the Test match as they have momentum with them having won the Test series against New Zealand 3-0.
One of the best, if not the greatest Test player from England, Joe Root will be a top draw pick for the fantasy team. Root was the ‘Player of the Tournament’ against New Zealand and has a phenomenal record against India with more than 2000 Test runs.
Joe Root Stats in Test Matches-
With 1960 runs against England, Virat Kohli has all the history on his side and will be eager to add to his tally. Virat might be a wildcard pick, but his astonishing records can be underestimated which keeps in the hunt to be a good fantasy pick.
Virat Kohli Stats in Test Matches-
With dazzling display against New Zealand, Jonny Bairstow will be eager to take on the Indian bowlers. Bairstow could come handy as he showed in the final Test by scoring 162 and an unbeaten 71 to guide his team home.
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Jonny Bairstow Stats in Test Matches-
The series will serve as a return for veteran star Cheteshwar Pujara as he looks to regain his place. But one of the main reasons to have him in the team is his ability to adapt to the English conditions, playing in the County Championship for Sussex, Pujara scored four tons including two double tons.
Cheteshwar Pujara Stats in Test Matches-
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Ben Stokes will be a cool customer for the Fantasy team as he can both bat and bowl. Moreover, he recently showed his class with the bat as he produced the finishers role which makes him a hot pick.
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Ben Stokes Stats in Test Matches-
Ravindra Jadeja has not played competitive cricket since May 4, but his ability to turn the ball in English conditions will see him a top draw pick. Alongside his bowling where he has 242 wickets, Jadeja also has over 2000 runs with a best of 175 unbeaten.
Ravindra Jadeja Stats in Test Matches-
Best Captain Choice – Joe Root
Best Vice-Captain Choice – Jonny Bairstow
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