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India Vs England 1st Test: Match Highlights, Toss, and Playing XI

India and England kick off the five-match Test series in Birmingham on Wednesday. India team will aim for a great start to the challenging and testing five-match Test series against England when the first match begins at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham on Wednesday.

The historic Test series will be a testing one for the Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who did not have such a good performance in England on the previous tour as he just managed only 134 runs total in 10 innings at an average of 13.40.

In the 1st match, India tour of England five-match Test series against England, The England team won toss and chose to bat first.

Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, now India is bracing up for a stern test in difficult English conditions. India team will miss the services of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah as the star duo is yet to recover from injuries.

India Vs England 1st Test: Match Highlights, Toss, and Playing XI
India Vs England 1st Test: Match Highlights, Toss, and Playing XI (Picture Source: indianexpress.com via Reuters)

In this extended tour of England, India won the Twenty20 International (T20I) series, but they suffered a setback in the three-match One-Day International (ODI) rubber.

India captain Virat Kohli would want to forget what happened when he last toured England as a lot has happened since then. Virat Kohli, who has scored 15 Test centuries since India’s previous tour to England, will be the batsmen to watch out for in the tournament.

In the past five years, India has won just one of their six Test series outside of Asia, against a struggling West Indies. India may be the world’s top-ranked Test side, but they still face accusations they are lions at home and lambs abroad.

India Playing XI:

Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma

England Playing XI:

Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root(c), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow(w), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

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