It has been more than a month since India lost in the finals of the first ICC World Test Championship (WTC). As New Zealand tasted the taste of success after endless waiting, Virat Kohli’s team members quietly dispersed in the UK for a short rest, and then regrouped in Durham on August 4th. Ignite the second World Test Championship.
The series will be the only five-game series in a two-year cycle with Ashes later this year. The first test will be held in Nottingham.
Here are all the details you need to know before the collision between Kohli’s India team and Joe Root’s England team.
When and where will the game take place?
The five test series will begin in Nottingham on August 4, and the extensive series will end with the final test set on September 10-14.
- August 4-8, 2021: First test at Nottingham Trent Bridge-3:30pm IST
- August 12-16, 2021: Second Test at Rhodes College, London-3:30 PM IST
- August 25-29, 2021: Third test at Leeds Headingley-3:30pm IST
- September 2-6, 2021: 4th test at the London Oval Stadium-03:30 PM IST
- September 10-14, 2021: 5th Test at Old Trafford, Manchester-03:30 PM IST
What’s at stake
With the five test series marking the beginning of the second World Trade Center, the second-ranked Indian team will compete with the fourth-ranked England team for a total of 60 points-each test win will be awarded Six points are awarded for a 12-point tie and four points for a tie.
In addition to competing for championship points, India and England will also compete for the Pataudi Trophy Khan Pataudi, which was established in 2007 to commemorate Iftikhar Ali Pataudi (the only player to test in England and India) and his son Mansoor Ali. Khan Pataudi is still in India’s history. The youngest test captain.
The upcoming series marks the fifth Pataudi Cup since 2007. Rahul Dravid’s Indian team won their first championship before England dominated the next three series in 2011, 2014 and 2018-winning every series convincingly.
Will the test series allow viewers to watch it?
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on July 5 that the COVID-related restrictions would be lifted, allowing the stadium to be fully loaded from July 19. Therefore, as far as the current situation is concerned, the test series will be played across the country in front of spectators in all five venues.
Which ball will be used in the test series?
Five tests will be conducted using dark Dukes balls. Unlike SG (used in India) and Kookaburra (used in Australia) balls, Dukes balls can maintain their shape for longer and have more pronounced seams. The extra grip on the ball makes it conducive to bowling in favourable conditions in England and at the same time poses a severe challenge to the batter.
India team: Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (Deputy Captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (Goalkeeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumham, Ishant Sharma Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha (goalkeeper), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Suryakumar Yadav (not yet joined), Prithvi Shaw (not yet joined)
Players on standby: Prasid Krishna, Arzan Nagvaswara
England team: Joe Root (c), Rory Burns, Dominique Sibley, Jos Butler, Mark Wood, Sam Coran, James Anderson, Johnny Bairstow, Dominic Beth, Stuart Broad, Zach Crowley, Hassib Hamid, Dan Lawrence, Jack Ritchie, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Craig Overton
Where can I watch the live broadcast of India vs. England test series?
The India vs England test series will be broadcast on the Sony Sports Network and will be broadcast live on Sony Live and Jio TV.