India vs England, 1st Test Match 2018: Preview (UK)

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Indian Squad

After winning the T20I series and unfortunately losing the ODI’s, India is slated to start the last leg of England Tour on 1st August. Meanwhile the English team looks a bit more scared than usual because of their miss-firing middle order and controversial inclusions to the team. This series is a good opportunity for India to acclimatise & can be helpful for next years World Cup as India is slated to play their World Cup matches on few of the Test Series venues. Talking about both the sides India look more confident & balanced than the English side and is far more experienced than England.

Will India defeat England this time?

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Pitch:

The match will be played at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. The pitch is likely to be on a slower side, due to ongoing heat wave across England this summer plus the series tis time starts very late as compared to previous ones. So, all-in-all it is likely to favour spinners than pacers.

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Teams:

India- 

After a hot and cold type of practice game against Essex the Indian squad is likely to feature a 3 pace and 2 spin duo with Hardik Pandya likely to be left out along with Dhawan who scored two ducks in the practice game. Both Ashwin & Jadeja are likely to fill the spinner slots as both give India a deeper batting.

Playing XI: KL.Rahul, M.Vijay, C.Pujara, V.Kohli(C), Rahane, Dinesh Karthik(Wk), Ashwin, Jadeja, Shami, Umesh, Ishant

England- 

The home side is likely to feature controversial Adil Rashid plus M.Ali with Anderson & Broad in the side. Also, Buttler is likely to play despite Bairstow being the preferred keeper.

Playing XI: Cook, Jennings, Root(C), Dawid Malan, Bairstow(Wk), Stokes, Buttler, S.Curran, Rashid, Broad, Anderson, 

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