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India will lock horns with England in the first Test of the four-match Test series at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on 05th February.

The enthralling battle between the two is scheduled to start at 09:30 AM IST. The series will be broadcasted live on the Star Sports network and it can also be streamed live on Disney+ Hotstar VIP in five languages: English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.

Preview:  India vs England 1st Test

After the historic retention of the Border-Gavaskar trophy with 2-1 series win, India is all set to lock horns with England in the first game of the four-match Test series. This will be the first international game in India since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

As far as Test cricket is concerned, India and England have met in total on 122 occasions. Out of these 122 games, England has had an advantage over India as they’ve won 47 games. With India posting a victory in 26 games, 47 of these matches have resulted in a draw.

However, the Indian side has been dominant on the home soil, with 19 wins in 60 matches. Meanwhile, England has been able to post a victory in just 13 games in India. Notably, England has won only four-Test series in India. Also, the visitors are winless in their last six Test games in India.

Pitch report

Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis, there has been cricket at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai for the past 9-10 months. So, the wicket is going to be fresh with grass, and the pitch is likely to be slow at the venue.

Weather report

The weather at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium will be partly cloudy on the first two days, and it will be sunny for the rest of the Test. The average temperature will be looming around 29 degrees Celsius during the gameplay.

India vs England Test probable XI

India Probable XI

Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Md. Siraj, Ishant Sharma

India complete squad

Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, Wriddhiman Saha, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, R Ashwin

England Probable XI

Zak Crawley, Dom Bess, Rory Burns, Joe Root, Dan Lawrence, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad

England complete squad

James Anderson, Dom Bess, Joe Root, Jofra Archer, Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Jack Leach, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence

Wicketkeepers: Rishabh Pant, Jos Buttler

Batsmen: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shubham Gill, Joe Root

All-rounders: R. Ashwin, Ben Stokes

Bowlers: Md. Siraj, James Anderson, Jofra Archer

Top picks for India vs England Test

Virat Kohli is the leading run-getter for India in Tests against England. In 19 matches, the Indian skipper has aggregated 1570 runs at an average of 49.06.

For England, Joe Root has been the top run-scorer against India in Tests. In 16 Tests, Root has amassed 1421 runs at an average of 56.84.

Man of the Match prediction

Virat Kohli is the likely prospect for the man of the match title in the next game.

Winner prediction

After a successful tour of Australia, India will be looking to continue their legacy in the next game. While England has an edge over Virat Kolhi and Co in Tests, the Indian side has been dominant on the home soil. After having a 1-2 series against England in 2012/13, India has managed to win 12 consecutive series at home. Moreover, India has won 27 Tests since losing to England. So, one would back India to win the next game in Chennai.

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Last Updated on February 3, 2021

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