ENG vs IND | Series Preview
England will host India in a five-match Test series starting August 4. The visitors will face an uphill task to conquer the English conditions in what has been a tough place to tour for most Indian teams in the past. The current crop of players has also faced adverse results on the last two tours of England in 2014 and 2018. However, when India vs England 2021 action goes live in the first Test, the fans will be hoping for an improved performance from the red-ball team in England.
Before the start of the highly-anticipated Test series, Virat Kohli-led has got enough opportunities to get acclimatized to the physical conditions. The visitors played a three-day side match against a County Select XI in Durham. While the match ended in a draw, the touring party ensured to address their shortcomings and strengths.
On the other hand, the Joe Root-led side will be keen to register their first win this home summer. After going down against the Kiwis in the last series, England will be up for the task of maintaining their strong record against India on home soil. England will yet again rely on their experienced quicks to expose the Indian batting order against the swinging ball. While their batting has been a cause of concern, skipper Root will have a huge role to play in the upcoming five Tests against England.
Here’s a look at the India tour of England 2021 in detail:
India Tour of England 2021 Full Schedule & Match Timings
ENG VS IND 2021 Test series schedule
The First India vs England Test match goes live from August 4, 2021, at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. The entire series will be played over a course of nearly six weeks. The second Test will be played at Lord's while Leeds will host the action for the third Test of the series. Both the teams will return back to London for the fourth Test scheduled to be played at The Oval. The series culminates at Manchester's Old Trafford ground in the north of the UK. The live telecast on all matchdays begins at 03:30 PM IST.
ENG VS IND Head to Head Records | H2H Stats
Matches played: 126
England won: 48
India won: 29
England vs India Head to Head records reflects that the three lions have landed on the winning side a greater number of times. In the 126 matches played so far since 1932, England has registered triumph in 48 matches whereas India thumped down the England team in only 29 encounters. Looking at the statistics, it is clear that India needs to build up their strategies firmly in order to turn the tables against the confident hosts.
India tour of England 2021 Live Telecast & Streaming Details
All the matches of the India vs England 2021 series are going to be broadcasted live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD in India. For the viewers in the United Kingdom, SkySports will ensure an exclusive live telecast of the Eng vs Ind Test series 2021. While fans in South Africa can watch the matches on their premier SuperSport channel, Fox Sports will ensure to televise the matches in Australia. Here’s a look at various live streaming platforms for the Eng vs Ind 2021 series in respective countries:
India: Sony Six, Sony Six HD
Australia: Fox Sports
England: Sky Sports
South Africa: SuperSport
Eng vs India Squads – Tests
ECB has announced a strong 17-man squad for the first two of the five Tests against India. The likes of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, are making a comeback in the Test squad after missing the last assignment against New Zealand. The unavailability of Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes might hurt the hosts but they boast of enough capable players to take down India in a home series. Ollie Robinson was also named in the squad after he was suspended by the board post his Test debut appearance for England.
Our squad to begin a huge series with @BCCI! 🏏
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 21, 2021
While most England bowlers pick themselves, their batting order will be in high focus for the entire Test series. The English top-order has shown signs of fragility against the moving ball. In such a case, skipper Joe Root will have to lead an inexperienced line-up. The inclusion of a compact player in Haseeb Hameed will definitely help their cause against a potent Indian attack.
England Squad: Joe Root (Yorkshire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Dom Bess (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Sam Curran (Surrey), Haseeb Hameed (Nottinghamshire), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Jack Leach (Somerset), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Mark Wood (Durham).
India announced a jumbo squad for their tour of England 2021. Led by skipper Virat Kohli, the squad covers almost all bases to lock horns against the mighty English on their home turf. However, ever since resuming their practice post the break, India has had a few injury concerns. All-rounder Washington Sundar has been ruled out of the Test series with a finger injury. The team management has also called Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav to join the Test squad in England.
With an experienced attack that can trouble most line-ups on their day, India's focus will be on strengthening their batting order in the upcoming series. The likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin lend a perfect balance to the team in the playing XI.
India Squad: Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Md. Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha, Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav