With little more than just a week to go for the India England test series, the Indian team players have started their preparation in full flow. Most of them are seen sweating it out in the nets and field. After the practice match against County 11 was a draw, Indians are fine tuning their skills and ironing out the flaws before the marquee clash which starts from 4 August.
The test series vs England will be a 5 match series. After a disappointment in the ICC Test championships, Indian team would be itching to go out there in the field and perform to their potential in the test series. Moreover India have not won a test series in England for 14 years now.
Their last series victory in England was way back in 2007 under Rahul Dravid. Then, India had won a 3 test match series by 1-0. After that India struggled the entire last decade in England. They lost 0-4 in 2011, 1-3 in 2014 and 1-4 in 2018. This time thorough India have a brilliant pace and spin attack. Hence they would be eying a series victory against an England lineup with brittle batting.
Preparations in full throttle!
Earlier star Indian wicket keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has been re instated in the Indian team bio bubble. He was found COVID negative in the recently concluded RT-PCR test. It comes as a fantastic news not only for the Indian fans, but for the team management as well. The left hander Pant is expected to play a key role in India’s test series vs England that will be played over 5 tests.
Also Prithvi Shaw and Surya Kumar Yadav are all set to travel to England for the test series as replacements. They will replace the injured trio of Avesh Khan, Washington Sundar and Shubhman Gill.
Further more Virat Kohli was also seen practicing with Ishant and others. Earlier Virat had complained of suffering from stiffness in his back. Hence he did not participate in the 3 day practice game against select County 11. Also Ajinkya Rahane did not play the practice game due to hamstring swelling. He is also expected to be fit for the first test starting 4th August.