Team India will lock horns with England in the rescheduled fifth Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham, which starts on July 1 (Friday). The visiting team lead the series 2-1 and a draw is enough for the team to win its fourth series on English soil. England, on the other hand, also come from a dominating 3-0 series against New Zealand earlier this month.
England couldn’t be more delighted about the timing of this. Such was last summer that even Joe Root at his peak wasn’t enough to salvage games for them. This is a different year under Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum, and England are playing a completely different brand of cricket.
The home side comes from a massive series win and will be oozing with confidence ahead of the game against India. James Anderson has returned to the playing XI in place of Jamie Overston after missing the third Test against India.
💬 💬 "It's a huge honour to lead #TeamIndia."@Jaspritbumrah93 sums up his emotions as he is all set to captain the side in the 5⃣th rescheduled Test against England. 👍 👍#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/jovSLbuN7e
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 1, 2022
India, on the other hand, will miss the service of Rohit Sharma, who has been ruled out after testing positive for COVID-19. Jasprit Bumrah will lead the team in his absence while Rishabh Pant will be his deputy. The visitors had a decent run in the warm-up game against Leicestershire and will hope to carry the momentum going.
5th Test – India (IND) vs England (ENG)
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Date & Time: 1st July-5th July at 3:00 PM IST and 10:30 AM Local Time
In the last three Tests, the average score at this venue has been 270. There will be assistance for both batters and bowlers equally.
Predicted Playing XI
England (ENG) [confirmed] – Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Sam Billings (w), Matthew Potts, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, James Anderson
India (IND): Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shreyas Iyer, Virat Kohli, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah (c)
IND vs ENG – Fantasy Team Suggestions
Fantasy Team 1: Jonny Bairstow (c), Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Alex Lees, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah (vc), James Anderson
Fantasy Team 2: Rishabh Pant, Jonny Bairstow, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ollie Pope, Joe Root (c), Ravindra Jadeja (vc), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ben Stokes, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Stuart Broad
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