England will face off against India in the first Test match of India’s tour of England. After losing the World Test Championship Final, the visitors will be keen on making an impact in this match. On the other hand, the home side will be confident going into this series after beating Pakistan. It will be a competitive series with some good cricket being played for sure.
By adding Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw to the squad, India have already strengthened the batting line-up for the five-match series against England. Virat Kohli and company have been in England for more than a month. That would mean that they’ve well-versed themselves with the conditions and will want to play a good cricket match. The pressure on the Indian team starts from the top. With Mayank Agarwal’s availability a concern, Rohit might have to partner with KL Rahul. Kohli and Pujara’s form will come under the scanner too. Bowling-wise, India do have a variety of options.
India squad: Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Suryakumar Yadav (yet to join), Prithvi Shaw (yet to join)
Standby players: Prasidh Krishna, Arzan Nagwaswalla
Ben Stokes taking a break must be a blow to the team but Joe Root and company have seen various combinations play for them for more than a year. Jack Leach has been caled in, Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow are part of the squad too. However, it will be the likes of Ollie Robinson who will attract the most attention. The Indian stalwarts have not faced the young pacer yet. It will be interesting to see him go against some really skilled batsmen.
England squad: Joe Root (c), Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Jos Buttler, Mark Wood, Sam Curran, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Craig Overton
India and England have faced each other 126 times in Test matches. India have won 29 matches and the English have emerged victorious on 48 occasions. 49 tests have finished in a draw.
Nottingham is going to present with some banana swing early on and the batsmen will be challenged by the quality of pacers on both sides. Indian batsmen, especially Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been vulnerable to early swing and the English would love to exploit that. However the stage seems just right for Virat Kohli’s first century in more than 15 months. Indian bowlers, especially Umesh Yadav, did well in the practice games. The much head on fight this will be, England carry a slight advantage in the first game.
Date and Time:
Wednesday, August 4, 2021, at 3:30 PM IST
Trent Bridge, Nottingham