England and India will renew their classic cricket rivalry this summer, and the first test of their five successful game series begins this week.
Joe Root’s England was in India this winter and lost the Test series 3-1.
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England under Joe Root face India in five Test matches this summer
England have had several heavy losses on this tour and will be eager to respond when India visits the UK this summer.
The two teams will play five test matches over the next few weeks with a host of stars.
The show’s opening ball is approaching this week, and here’s everything you need to know about it.
England – India: Meetings
The series of five games will begin Wednesday 4 August.
The first test will take place at Trent Bridge in Nottingham and the opening ball will be played on Wednesday at 11am.
Test 1: 4-8 August – Trent Bridge, Nottingham 2nd Test: 12-16 August – Lords, London 3rd Test: 25-29 August – Headingley, Leeds 4th Test: 2-6 September – Oval Test, 5th London: 10 – Sep 14 – Old Trafford, Manchester England vs India: Teams
England: Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jonny Birstow (Simin), Dom Pace, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Joss Butler (Simin), Zach Crowley, Sam Curran, Haseeb Hamid, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Craig Overton*, Olly Pope, Olly Robinson, Dom Sibley, Mark Wood.
* Overton replaced Ben Stokes, who will be taking an “indefinite break” from cricket
dew: Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkiya Rahan, Mayank Agarwal, Ravichandran Ashwin, KS Bharat (Simin), Jaspreet Pomrah, Abhimanyu Eswaran, Ravindra Jadeja, Rishabh Pant (Simin), Aksar Patel, Cheteshwar Pojra, KL. Rahul, Saha Muhammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Muhammad Siraj, Chardol Thakur, Hanuma Vihari, Suryakumar Yadav, Umesh Yadav.
Virat Kohli and India got the upper hand for England in Winter England and India: How to proceed
The event will be broadcast on Sky Sports Cricket throughout the summer. Their coverage of the first test will begin Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Top events will also be broadcast live on talkSPORT throughout the tour with regular updates on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2.
You can also enjoy talkSPORT’s “Follow On” cricket podcast every day.
England vs India: What was said?
England coach Chris Silverwood said: “The home Test series against India is one of the most awaited Red Ball series, and it promises five great Tests.
“India is a high-quality team that has shown its ability to deliver results far from home. We anticipate a very competitive streak and have chosen the strongest possible team.
“Very versatile feedback from Ben Stokes and Sam Curran brings a balance that allows us to return to a structure that has proven its worth in Test cricket.
“Ben’s leadership in the Royal London Series, when he was playing when his finger was not yet 100%, was a hallmark of his personality and his dedication that keeps the players around him moving forward.
“With Joss and Johnny back on the team, we’ve added even more experience and quality that will be required against the second world team.
“We selected Ole Robinson after his debut in the Seven Wicket Test against New Zealand. In this Test, Ole proved that he has the ability to replicate his exceptional form in the County Championship at international level and we will continue to work with him to develop his career in England.
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