After a gap of four years, India is yet again set to face England in Test matches. After registering victory in T20 series and defeat in ODI series against English team recently, India will now play a total of five Test matches during August and September.
The first Test match will start on August 1, and Indian team will have a tough challenge on the English soil, taking in view the strength England show at their home, especially in Test matches.
Also, India do not have a great record in England in Tests. In the last Test series against England on English soil in 2014, India lost the five match series 1-3. Prior to that, when India went to face the host England in 2011, they were embarrassed 4-0.
Indian batsmen have failed to showcase their class in England, where the bowling makes conditions tough. Most of the important Indian batsmen have miserably failed here:
England vs India, 1st Test Details
Match Date: 1 August – 5 August 2018, Wednesday
Match Timing: 15:30 IST, 10:00 AM GMT, 11:00 AM LOCAL
Match Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham, England
India – India’s fast bowling specialists, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, are going to miss the 1st Test due to their respective injuries. Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin was dealt with a negligible blow in the practice match against Essex. However, he is said to be fully fit for the opening Test against India.
England – As of now, there are no injury concerns for the England team.
After almost three months, the rain gods have marched towards England. However, rains are not expected to be a spoilsport in the 1st Test. The humidity levels clocking around 63 percent with the temperature levels panning around 21 degree Celsius, it is expected to be a perfect day in Birmingham on 1st of August.
Head-to-head in Tests
England and India have played 117 Test matches. Out of these, India has won 25 while England has won 43, with 49 matches ending in a draw.
Head-to-head in Tests in England
England and India have met 57 times in England in Tests. Out of these, England has registered a win on 30 occasions while India on 6 occasions, with 21 matches ending in a draw.
England 1st Test Squad:
Joe Root (C), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, and James Porter.
England’s Probable XI for the 1st Test: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (C), Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, and James Anderson
India 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Test Squad:
Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammed Shami.
India’s Probable XI for the 1st Test: Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, and Ishant Sharma.
Stats and Numbers :
12 – Ishant Sharma needs 12 more scalps to complete 250 wickets in the history of Test cricket. Scalping these wickets, Ishant will become the only 7th Indian to take 250 or more wickets in Test cricket.
40 – Joe Root, the skipper of the England team, is just 40 runs behind the mark of 6000-Test runs. Scoring these runs, Root will become the 15th Englishmen to score 6000 or more runs in Test cricket.
93 – Murali Vijay needs to score 93 more runs to achieve the feat of 4000 runs in the history of Test cricket. Garnering these runs, he will become the 16th Indian to accomplish this feat.
107 – Ajinkya Rahane, the deputy to Virat Kohli, is just 107 short of the 3000-run mark in Test cricket. Amassing these runs, Rahane will become the 22nd Indian to score 3000 or more runs in Test cricket.
10 – James Anderson is just 10 wickets short of the 550-mark in the history of Test cricket. Taking these wickets, Anderson will become the 2nd fast bowler to take 550 or more Test wickets.
24 – Stuart Broad needs 24 more runs to achieve the feat of 3000 Test runs. Amassing these runs, Broad will become the only 5th player to achieve a double of 3000 Test runs and 400 wickets in Test cricket.