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India vs England, 1st Test – Preview, Team News and Lineups

jasprit bumrah registered 9/86 in the 3rd Test in 2018
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India walk into an almighty historic series having beaten all the odds in going past Australia. That Border-Gavaskar Trophy retention will go down as the greatest triumph in Indian history and the follow-up assignments are always a tough nut to crack, with the weight of expectations higher than ever before.

England are no walk in the park, their recent form in the sub-continent is a definite indication. A dominant 2-0 win in the Test series against Sri Lanka is a testament to their improvement in countering spin, but to face the Ashwin swansong on his home turf is a titanic challenge beyond compare.

A lot is on the line for England in this series, who have to win the series by a 3-0 or 4-0 margin to enter the World Test Championship finals. The hosts, on the other hand, need a series win by 2-0, 3-1, 3-0, or 4-0 margin. While they both battle for their fortunes, the Aussies have a miserable seat in the house as they must hope for the series to end in a draw for them to go through.

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Not to forget, in the last decade, England are the only team who walked into this territory and registered a Test series win. Their ability to play spin has only improved in the last few years and there has been a clear improvement in the quality of the Indian spin department as well.

Probable XIs and Team News


Virat Kohli has returned from his paternity leave and is all set to take over the reigns from Ajinkya Rahane. There are doubts over the positions of Mayank Agarwal with Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill doing well in the Gabba Test. Pant will keep wickets with three frontline spinners in the team – Washington Sundar/Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin. Ishant Sharma will be back in the XI and will replace Mohammed Siraj to partner Jasprit Bumrah.

Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajjinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah


With Jonny Bairstow unavailable, it seems likely that Joe Root will play at number three or they might push one among Dan Lawrence or Jos Buttler up the order. Jofra Archer’s pace is a definitive factor and will partner with one among Anderson/Broad. Jack Leach and Moeen Ali will be the lead spinners for the series with Stokes and Root being the fifth and sixth bowling options. Zak Crawley has been ruled out of the first two Tests due to an injury, which means Burns and Sibley will open together.

Predicted XI: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Root (C), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, James Anderson/Stuart Broad, Jack Leach

Stat Corner

Joe Root – The English captain will be playing his 100th Test, becoming the 14th cricketer to do.

Chepauk The last Test match at this venue was played between these two sides, where Karun Nair scored a triple century.

James Anderson – If Anderson plays all the games this series, he will have earned 161 Test caps, going on level terms with Sir Alastair Cook for the most caps earned by an English cricketer. He also has a chance to get close to Anil Kumble’s tally of 619 Test wickets (606 wickets currently).

Jasprit Bumrah Indian leader of the pace bowling battery, Jasprit Bumrah averages 21.59 in 17 Tests with the ball. Only three other bowlers in the history have a better average in history (minimum 50 wickets) – Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner and Curtley Ambrose.

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