Match Preview - England vs India, India tour of England 2021, 1st Test


It’s a battle of two top fast bowling attacks as both teams mull over top-order combinations

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It’s funny to think that a series of this magnitude – with these teams and these players – has flown under the radar over the last month. Relatively speaking.

Trent Bridge was doused in the Hundred’s branding a couple of days ahead of the first Test, and even when it’s not on, the IPL has influenced cricket scheduling across the world, including pushing an England tour of Bangladesh 18 months into the future. That the ECB’s and the BCCI’s premium products will hold sway in contemporary cricket is undeniable, but it is hard to imagine this series won’t be front and centre when it kicks off on Wednesday.
For one thing, it will be played to a full house. For another, it’s rare that a team can lose a series 1-3 and have a chance at a comeback in the same year – over five Tests, no less. England’s defeat in India this year meant the end of their WTC ambitions. Now, it’s a chance to set the tone early against the runners-up, who have managed two wins in their last three tours of England.

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