What time is the Test match between England and India?
The first Test between India and England will start at 3.30pm IST with the toss taking place at 3pm IST.
Where can I watch the England vs India Test match live?
You can watch the Test match live on the following TV channels – Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD from 2.29pm IST.
Live Streaming will be available on SonyLiv app and website – sonyliv.com
When is the England vs India Test match?
The first Test between India and England will be played from August 1-5.
Where will the England vs India Test match be played?
The first Test between India and England will be played at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
Where can I check the online live updates of the England vs India Test match?
You can get all the latest updates, reactions, news of the Test match
What are the team squads for England vs India Test match?
England have already announced their squad for the 1st Test – Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (C), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (W), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid Stuart Broad, James Anderson
India will name their playing XI at the toss.
India vs England, 1st Test: Preview
Over the last 86 years, India have played 17 Test series in England, winning only three. More significantly, India have won a mere six Tests in the country. And with these numbers behind them, world number one India take on world number two England in Birmingham, traditional bastion for the hosts.
Out of 50 Tests played in Edgbaston, England have won 27. James Anderson and Stuart Broad have a total of 67 wickets here. India, on the other hand, have never won here; out of five Tests at Edgbaston, India have lost six with their only draw in 1986.
India’s last Test series triumph in England had come 11 years ago, in 2007 when they won a three-match series 1-0. After that, India toured England twice; in 2011, the visitors were whitewashed 4-0 before losing 1-3 in 2014 after going into the third Test of the five-match series with a 1-0 lead.
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The Indian team management would like to believe a lot has changed since that tour of England four years ago. Virat Kohli, who infamously scored 134 runs from five Tests, went on to smash four hundreds in Australia months later. Today, he No.2 in the ICC’s rankings for Test batsmen and is the only captain with six double hundreds to his name.
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In fact, since England 2014, Kohli has scored 15 Test hundreds and became the only batsman to score double hundreds in four successive Test series.
However, most of Kohli’s runs and India’s victories have come at home in this four-year period against South Africa, New Zealand, England and Australia. India’s only overseas success has come in Sri Lanka and West Indies.
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India toured South Africa with their hopes high but they were brought crashing down in Cape Town and Centurion.
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England will be a stiffer challenge. There was talk of how the warm weather could help India propser but rain over the weekend could dampen the mood in the Indian camp. Moreover, conditions in Birmingham have not been affected by the warm weather.
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India’s preparations ahead of the first Test have also been far from ideal. They had reduced their match against Essex to a three-day affair to get to Birmingham a day earlier – however, that extra day of practice did not materialise thanks to rain.
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Then there are the injury concerns: Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah’s absence will leave a massive hole in the pace attack. Mohammed Shami has very little match practice under his belt and the onus will be on Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav.
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Given the importance of this week, India will most likely stick with R Ashwin if they do in with only one spinner. If Kohli decides to pick two spinners, there is a chance Kuldeep Yadav might get his third Test cap.
However, England have prepared hard. Joe Root and Jos Buttler started picking Kuldeep well as the ODI series progressed. Besides, three left-arm wrist spinners were deployed in the nets to negate any threat posed by Kuldeep. And it is understood the pitch will not really offer a lot of turn. In other words, it will be a typical English Test wicket.
India, of course, fancy their chances this English summer. They have the chance to rewrite history. Can they do it under Virat Kohli?
News credit : Indiatoday