England and India begin their test series with a match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, to be played from August 4th, 2021.
England vs India 1st Test Match 2021
The biggest team news for England is the unavailability of Ben Stokes. Ollie Pope is also out injured and will not play the first match.
Likely Playing XI of England
Haseeb Hameed, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
India is also suffering from a number of injuries and has had to fly out some replacements. Shubhman Gill was ruled out of the series, and now Mayank Aggarwal is not going to be available either.
Likely Playing XI of India
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishab Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, Ishant Sharma
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Overcast conditions with some rain on most days have been forecast. The pitch will help the fast bowlers, and it is unlikely that spinners will play much of a role.
England vs India 1st Test Match 2021 Betting Predictions
Match Result Prediction
India have been in England for a long time now and would have got a chance to get used to the conditions. The England team is weak in the batting department and missing its most influential player in Ben Stokes. This means India have a great chance of winning this match.
Winner: India (3.80)
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First Ball of the Match Prediction
In tests and in trying conditions, batters usually play out the first ball to see how the pitch is behaving. So we expect the first ball to be a dot.
First Ball of the Match: Dot Ball (1.16)
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Team to Lead After the First Inning Prediction
India have a very good bowling attack and can give England a hard time. They also have a solid middle order and should take the lead after the first inning.
Team to Lead After the First Inning: India (2.05)
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Rohit Sharma Total Runs Prediction
Rohit Sharma's record in Test cricket is excellent at home but quite terrible outside. We don't expect him to score heavily in testing conditions.
Rohit Sharma Total Runs: Under 26.5 (1.83)
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Virat Kohli Total Fours 1st Inning Prediction
Virat Kohli has not scored a century in the last two years, and this may be the perfect time for him to stride back into the limelight. He was very successful on his previous tour of England, and we expect him to play a good inning here.
Virat Kohli Total Fours 1st Inning: Over 3.5 (1.61)
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KL Rahul Total Runs First Inning Prediction
KL Rahul scored a century for India in the last Test he played in England. He is in good nick and scored a ton in the warm-up match that India played. We expect him to play a long innings here.
KL Rahul Total Runs First Inning Prediction: Over 22.5 (1.83)
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