There will be many mini battles within the mega battle that will make for a mouth-watering prospect.
The purest format of the game will gain prominence, as a titanic series between two top sides in Test cricket will get underway on 4th August 2021. England and India will lock horns in an eagerly awaited five-match Test series, with the first rubber being played at Nottingham.
This will be the first assignment for both these sides in the second cycle of the World Test Championship. And, there will be so many mini battles within the mega battle that will make for a mouth-watering prospect.
James Anderson, at the age of 39 still has the passion to give it all for his country, and he will once again be looking to get the better of Indian batting talisman, Virat Kohli. The guile of Stuart Broad versus the stoic defense of Cheteshwar Pujara will be another contest to watch out for.
England will miss the services of their all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has taken a break from cricket to deal with mental health issues. Jofra Archer is also dealing with an elbow injury, and will not be available for this series.
For India, Mayank Agarwal suffered a blow to the head and will miss the first Test. Also, Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan suffered injuries in the warm-up match, and will not take part in the series.
And, this will be a series that will grab the attention of the cricketing world. This will be a series where your jaw will drop at the quality of action that you will witness, and this will be a series that will keep you glued to the television set.
Playing Combinations for ENG vs IND
Rory Burns will open the batting alongside either Dom Sibley or Haseeb Hameed. Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, and Jos Buttler will occupy the No.3, No.4, and No.5 slots in the batting lineup. Daniel Lawrence is also likely to get the nod for the first Test.
England will play four pacers in Sam Curran, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, and James Anderson in their lineup. Jack Leach will bag the lone spinners’ slot in the side.
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.
A blow to the head has meant that Mayank Agarwal has been ruled out of the first Test. And, that will mean that KL Rahul will most likely open the batting for the visitors alongside Rohit Sharma. Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane will pick themselves. The wicket keeper’s slot in the side will be bagged by the mercurial Rishabh Pant.
India will likely play only one spinner in the side, and Ravindra Jadeja might get the nod ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin. The four pacers who will take the field are Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj.
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj
Eng vs IND Head-to-Head
Played – 126 | England – 48 | India – 29 | Draw – 49 | Tied- 0
Played – 62 | England – 34 | India – 7 | Draw – 21 | Tied- 0
ENG vs IND Broadcast Details
Match Timings – 03:30 PM IST, 11:00 AM Local
TV and Live Streaming– Sony Six and Sony Liv