Having lost a two-Test Series against World Champions New Zealand, Joe Root and England will be looking to put things right against the might of India.
Since the World Test Championship Final, Virat Kohli’s side has barely played any competitive cricket, due to the COVID pandemic becoming a critical issue, especially in the UK.
This is the schedule for the series:
4th-8th August 1st Test, Trent Bridge
12th-16th August 2nd Test, Lord’s
25th-29th August 3rd Test, Emirates Headingley
2nd-6th September 4th Test, The Kia Oval
10-14th September 5th Test, Emirates Old Trafford
Joe Root(Captain), Ben Stokes(vice-captain), Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Ollie Pope, Dan Lawrence, James Bracey(wicket-keeper), Johnny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Jos Buttler, Haseeb Hameed, Mark Wood, Zack Crawley, Jack Leach, Dom Bess,
Virat Kohli(Captain), Ajinkya Rahane(Vice-Captain), Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Rishabh Pant(wicket-keeper), Wriddhiman Saha(wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Washington Sundar, Hanuma Vihari, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur,
Stand by players: Avesh Khan, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prasidh Krishna, Arzan Nagaswalla,
Anderson vs Kohli
Whether these two players meet in India or in England, it is always an intriguing contest between them. England’s number one fast bowler has dismissed the Indian skipper a total of five times in Test Cricket, however, on the last tour of India in 2018, Kohli had the last laugh and was the top run-scorer of the series.
With Anderson breaking the record of the most wickets and the first fast bowler to reach 600 Test wickets, he will be eager to add to that stat in the upcoming series, particularly if he gets Kohli early.
Bumrah vs Root
Another intriguing battle will be England’s captain against the spearhead of India’s bowling attack, Bumrah. has had success over the England captain as Joe Root sometimes tends to struggle to deal with right-arm bowlers who slightly lean to the left in their bowling action as he can end up playing at balls he shouldn’t be playing at.
But this is why Bumrah is such an intimidating bowler to face, he rarely gives you anything to hit, he makes sure you earn runs of his bowling. It’ll be intriguing to see how England’s Test skipper deals with the pace and skill of Bumrah.
Ashwin vs Stokes
During England’s recent tour of India, India’s number one spinner had the wood over Ben Stokes throughout the Test series, dismissing the All-rounder in every Test of the series. Ashwin’s record against left-handers is phenomenal as 200 of his 413 wickets in Tests are left-handed batsmen.
Stokes’s record against off-spin is shaky, particularly against Ashwin as the classy off-spinner has dismissed him ten times in ten Test matches. Stokes is naturally a counter-attacking batsman, will he be able to put pressure back on India’s number one spinner, or will Ashwin continue his dominance over left-handed batsmen?
Ben Stokes recently captained the ODI side for three matches against Pakistan in absence of Eoin Morgan, he will be eager to show some pride in his performance against the Indians.