One of the most anticipated test series of 2021 is set to kick-start from Wednesday 4th of August 2021. Arch-rivals England and India will face each other at Tent Bridge, Nottingham in the first of the five-match test series. This series is expected to be a high-voltage encounter with both sides equally competitive. With spectators allowed to watch in the stadium, this will add spice to the game.
India vs England head-to-head:
Total matches played –126
Matches won by India-29
Matches won by England-48
India vs England 1st Test Date & Venue
Date- 4th – 8th August 2021
Venue– Tent Bridge, Nottingham
Time– 3.30 pm IST
India vs England First Test Prediction
India and England will square off in the five-match test series with the curtain-raiser match at Tent Bridge. Both sides will be eying to perform to their potential and take an early advantage in the 5 match test series. Both India and New Zealand have however lost their last test against New Zealand.
If we talk about India, they will be happy to know the fact that their solitary win in a 1-4 series loss in 2018 came at this ground itself. They will like to improve on the performance of their previous two outings in 2014 and 2018.
If we talk about the team combination, with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Kohli, Pujara, Rahane, and Rishabh Pant, they have a very strong batting line-up. Their bowling line-up also looks experienced with Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Shami, and Ashwin in their kitty.
They will expect Bumrah to fire from all cylinders and take early wickets. All eyes will be on Rishabh Pant whether he can replicate his memorable performance which he did against Australia in their backyard.
England on the other hand also looks like a settled team. With Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Butler, Rory Burns in their batting line-up, they have a lot of expectations from then to deliver. England has a very strong bowling attack with experienced players like Mark Wood, James Anderson, Stuart Broad up their sleeves. England has got a body blow with the superstar all-rounder Ben Stokes pulling out from the test series.
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If we have to predict one winner from both teams, it is very difficult to guess. However, England will have an edge with the matches being played in their backyard. The pitch is expected to assist fast bowlers and England have an upper hand with a more experienced pace attack as compared to India.
The first test match between India and England promises to be a very competitive affair. India will be roaring high to take the lead, while England will look forward to showing their home crowd some quality cricket and take the lead in the five-match test series.
Predicted playing XI India vs England Test Series 2021 :
England – Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow, Daniel Lawrence, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson