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England vs India, 1st Test Match Prediction

Aug 01, Wed 10:00 GMT , Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Edgbaston, Birmingham

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- Prediction by Benny Thompson

England won by 31 runs

ABOUT THE MATCH

Match Preview

England will be favourites coming into the Test series, especially after they turned it around in the ODI series to win it 2-1. India have a poor Test record in England so Virat Kohli’s men have their task cut out if they are to emerge triumphant here.

iconEngland Team News

England have no injury concerns and they will hope that Joe Root carries his ODI form into the Test series. All eyes will be on whether Adil Rashid is selected over Moeen Ali, who claimed 19 wickets in the series against India in 2014.

If England decide to go with an all-pace attack, pacer Jamie Porter could be in line for a debut.

iconIndia Team News

KL Rahul showed promised in the limited overs format but he will have to wait for his turn as he is still the third choice opener. Shikhar Dhawan and CheteshwarPujara have been struggling for runs and this will be a concern for India.

In the bowling department, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and JaspritBumrah will be unfit for the opening Test which means Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav are likely to make the cut. India will most likely play only one spinner which means that R. Ashwin will play because of his experience with Kuldeep Yadav sitting out.

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Pitch Conditions

 

Pitch and Weather Conditions:

It rained a little in the lead up to the match so the pitch is likely to be moist. But there are very low chances of rain once the Test begins. Day 1 is expected to be a perfect day for Test cricket in Birmingham.

Toss Prediction

 

Toss Prediction:

The team that wins the toss in Birmingham is likely to bat first.

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