Date: August 4-August 8, 2021
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
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The much-awaited 5-match Test series between India and England is set to kick off with the 1st Test starting from August 4- August 8 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. India will start off their 2nd cycle of the World Test Championship (2021-2023) with the 5 Tests against England. Followed by the opening Test in Nottingham, the teams will move to Lord’s, Leeds, London Oval and finally Manchester to play the final Test of the series. Having emerged as runners-up in the recent WTC final, India will once again aim to bounce back and redeem themselves right from the beginning of the cycle, with England giving them a tough fight.
It has been over a month that Kohli and Co. featured in the WTC final and will be looking forward to be back in action. The visitors will aim to gain the momentum of the series right from the start, and perform better this time around than in 2018 when India lost 1-4 to England. Having said that, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul would be the top batsmen picks for India, with wicketkeeper batsmen Rishabh Pant being a must-have in one’s fantasy. Given that the pitch is expected to give good assistance to the seamers, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami can turn out to be good choices.
The hosts, on the other hand, will also look to dominate the 5-match series from the first game itself, making the most of their home advantage. Joe Root-led England will also aim to redeem themselves and bounce back to their 1-3 loss against India earlier this year, which qualified India for the World Test Championship final. English Skipper Joe Root can turn out to be the most valuable player for the hosts in this series and is a must-have in one’s fantasy team. Additionally, James Anderson and Sam Curran can further fetch good points from their respective departments. The former can act as a good vice-captain choice as well.
Nonetheless, the stage is set for some exciting cricket action with England hosting India in a 5-match Test series.
Probable Playing XI
India- Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, C Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, R Pant, R Ashwin, Shardul Thakur/R Jadeja, M Shami, Ishant Sharma, J Bumrah
England- Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root, Daniel Lawrence, J Bairstow, J Leach, Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson
Wicketkeepers: Rishabh Pant, Jonny Bairstow
Batsmen: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Joe Root, KL Rahul,
All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ollie Robinson, Sam Curran
Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, James Anderson, Mark Wood, Mohammad Shami
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