ENG vs IND, 1st Test

Match Preview

England will take on India in the 1st Test Match of a 5-Test series on 4 August at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. On India’s last visit to England in 2018, they ended up getting thrashed 4-1 in a five-match Test series. The only place where India managed to outscore the hosts was Nottingham. The hosts, on the other hand, are dealing with their own problems. They are facing squad composition issues after Ben Stokes decided to take a break from the game.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is bowling dominant and is more favorable to pacers. Sunny weather with broken clouds and temperatures at 17 – 18 °C

STATS – TEST

Total matches                                 63

Matches won batting first                23

Matches won bowling first              17

Average 1st Inns scores                 321

Average 2nd Inns scores               306

Average 3rd Inns scores                263

Average 4th Inns scores                160

Highest total recorded                    658/8 (188 Ov) by ENG vs AUS

Lowest total recorded                     60/10 (18.3 Ov) by AUS vs ENG

Lowest score defended                  115/6 (20 Ov) by RSA vs SL

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) Jonny Bairstow – The right-handed batsman is a talented player who has given impressive performances in the past few matches. His brilliant attacking innings in the Hundred Men’s Competition has shown his excellent form in the game.

Matches – 74

Runs – 4197

Average – 34.12

2) Rishabh Pant – The left-handed batsman is a dynamic player from his squad. He gave decent performances in the last test match against New Zealand and recent IPL matches. His excellent skills as wicketkeeper is something that his team can benefit from.

Matches – 21

Runs – 1403

Average – 43.84

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Rohit Sharma – The right-handed opener has established himself as one of the best batsmen from his squad due to his remarkable performances over the years. He is a wise pick in this category for the fantasy team. 

Matches – 39

Runs – 2679

Average – 46.18

2) Virat Kohli – The right-handed batsman is the most consistent all-format accumulator of his time and has made jaw-dropping chases look easy. He has led his team through far greater victories in the past and will be expected to do the same in this test series as well.

Matches – 92

Runs – 7547

Average – 52.04

3) Rory Burns – In their search for a reliable Test player, England had attempted more graceful or aggressive options, but nobody could match Rory Burns’ returns or tenacity.

Matches – 25

Runs – 1529

Average – 33.23                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 4) Joe Root – The right-handed opening batsman is strikingly heavy scorer as he worked through the ranks with his precisive and a systematic approach to his batting performances. He is an apt choice in this category.

Matches – 105

Runs – 8714

Average – 48.68

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Jasprit Bumrah – The right-arm fast bowler is armed with an anomalous, sling-arm action and natural pace and a peculiar release point of Bumrah’s deliveries makes it hard for batsmen to pick him. He’ll prove to be a very valuable bowler in this series.

Matches – 20

Wickets – 83

Economy – 2.69

2) Mohammad Shami – The right arm fast bowler is India’s leading pacer who has delivered consistent yet deadly spells in his career. His success can be attributed to his pace, accuracy and primarily his skill in moving the ball – both old and new.

Matches – 51

Wickets – 184

Economy – 3.30

3) Mark Wood – The right-arm fast bowler has quick pace, generated from a slightly round-arm action. He is in good form and has great potential to give good fantasy points in this series.

Matches – 20

Wickets – 59

Economy – 33.50

4) James Anderson – The right arm fast medium bowler had long proved himself as one of the most skilful and prolific fast bowlers in England. He is one of the most experienced bowlers in this format and his team will definitely benefit from his expertise.

Matches – 162

Wickets – 617

Economy – 2.83

Top 2 All-rounder Picks

1) Sam Curran – The young left-handed batsman and left arm medium fast bowler is a slightly-built, brisk left-armer who showed an ability to swing the ball into the right-hander from the outset. His terrific performances in the Hundreds Men’s Competition proves that he is a kind of player, one wouldn’t want to skip from their team.

Matches – 21

Runs – 741

Average – 25.55

Wickets – 44

Economy – 3.24

2) Ravichandran Ashwin – The right-handed batsman and right arm off break bowler has good control over his deliveries. He has good variations in his spell and is expected to give good fantasy points in this series.

Matches – 79

Runs – 2685

Average – 24.56

Wickets – 413

Economy – 2.80

Predicted Playing 11

India – Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, C Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, R Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, M Shami, Ishant Sharma, J Bumrah

 England – Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root , Daniel Lawrence/J Leach, J Bairstow, Ollie Pope/J Leach, Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson

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Poll Winning Percentage

India – 42%

England – 32%

Draw – 26%

Source – www.cricket.com