When these two teams last faced off in September 2021 for the fourth Test match, India battled back from a 99-run deficit to win easily by a huge 151 runs. The last Test was postponed due to Covid-19 with India leading the series 2-1. The Indian team was dominating England and appeared to be in position to win the Test series in English conditions.
Since that Test, both teams’ captains have changed, and a lot has changed. With the help of Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes, England was able to defeat New Zealand in a thrilling three-game series. India, on the other hand, has made a few adjustments to its batting lineup and is searching for the best starting lineup that could provide them with the balance and depth needed in this situation.
In the most recent home series against New Zealand, England’s middle order – Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, and Ollie Pope piled on the runs which also included plenty tons and half centuries. Freshly appointed captain Ben Stokes performed better and contributed significantly to the team. Their main worries heading into this Test match are Ben Foakes’ availability and Zak Crawley’s performance.
James Anderson and Stuart Broad have re-united as a team because they are missing many fast bowlers due to injury. Matty Potts and Jamie Overton, two newcomers who made a strong impression in their first series, will be vying for action in this match. Jack Leach enters this match having previously taken two 5-wicket hauls and one 10-wicket haul.
Team England would not leave a chance to claim a draw, considering the time the team has got to come back to the 2-1 series, which is being led by India for now.
Ben Stokes along with Brendon McCulum has been a sensational duo in the sport of cricket and whitewashing the series against the Kiwis will put a great confidence into the team.
England will be marching on to draw the series and to restrict team India’s dream to clinch a series win in England.