Ind vs Eng 1st Test: England Opt to Bat First; KL Rahul Comes in while India makes Two More Changes, Check Here


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On a beautiful morning at Nottingham, England, India will square off against England cricket team in the 1st test from 5 matches test series.

At the toss, England opted to bat first which was quite predictable on a pitch like that. As Virat Kohli too said in the presentation that they wanted to bat first too. “Last time England chose to bowl first here, and we would have wanted to bat first as well. We would look to get in with the ball in the first session, and a few early breakthroughs will be handy,” Virat Kohli said.

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In the new season of the WTC India starts with some changes in the playing XI as KL Rahul comes in as an opener alone side Rohit Sharma as regular opener Shubham Gill is facing an injury. Also India’s bowling unit features Jadeja ahead of Ashwin while Shardul Thakur as fourth pacer and Siraj as a third pacer.

To start with a positive note Virat Kohli said, “You could call it an accumulation of all the hardwork we have put in over the years. The opportunity to win in England and Australia in the same year is rare. To get opportunities in such times to play and play in front of crowds as well, we are grateful.”

Playing XI:

India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj

England: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root(c), Jonny Bairstow, Daniel Lawrence, Jos Buttler(w), Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

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