India have dominated England in the T20 series and England have dominated India in the ODI series as they both registered series win in the British lair. The upcoming 5 match Test rubber between India and England is the real test for both the countries as Kohli & Co aim to win the Test series in the toughest English conditions. Virat Kohli and his boys are already in a good touch in the whites as they are No 1 Test side in the ICC rankings.
On the other side, the Joe Root-led British team has already in a good touch with both the bat and ball. Let us have a look at the preview and probable playing XI for the first Test match between India and England beginning on August 1 at Edgbaston Ground in Birmingham.
The 22-yard Edgbaston strip seems like a spin bowling pitch due to heat waves in the nation, but not too much friendly track for the spinners. If weather changes, then it obviously favours for the fast bowlers.
Average Scoring Runs In Edgbaston
The Average 1st innings score on this venue is 308 and the average 2nd innings score on this pitch is 319. The average 3rd innings score on this ground is 243 and the average 4th innings score on this pitch is 156.
The highest score achieved on this track was 710/7 in the match between England and India on August 10 in 2011 while the lowest score was 30/10 in the game between England and South Africa in 1924. The highest score chased on this venue was 283/5 in the game between South Africa and England in 2008.
Most of the Indian players are in fine touch except opener Shikhar Dhawan and Pujara. Coming to the hosts, all the players are in good form, but they are not in the exceptional form in the Test cricket right now. They lost the Test series against Australia, New Zealand and series draw against Pakistan in their own lair. This is the correct time for Virat Kohli and his boys to win the Test series against Joe Root & Gang in their own conditions.
India will lock horns with England for the first Test match at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham on August 1 at 3:30 PM onwards.
India's Probable Playing XI
Murali Vijay (opener), KL Rahul (opener), Cheteshwar Pujara (top order batsman), Virat Kohli (captain/middle order batsman), Ajinkya Rahane (middle order batsman), Dinesh Karthik (batsman/wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin (middle order batsman/spinner), Hardik Pandya (all-rounder), Umesh Yadav (fast bowler), Mohammed Shami (fast bowler) and Ishant Sharma (fast bowler).
England's Probable Playing XI
Alastair Cook (opener), Keaton Jennings (opener), Joe Root (captain/top-order batsman), Dawid Malan (middle-order batsman), Jonny Bairstow (middle-order batsman/wicketkeeper), Jos Buttler (middle-order batsman), Ben Stokes (all-rounder), Sam Curran (all-rounder), Adil Rashid (spinner), James Anderson (fast bowler) and Stuart Broad (fast bowler).