India vs England, 2016: Team India go through the paces in practice session at Rajkot, see video

India have not lost a home series since going down 1-2 in 2012 to the England led by the 31-year-old Alastair Cook.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:November 6, 2016 5:07 pm
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The number one Test team in the world, India, will take on England in a five-Test series, starting November 9 in Rajkot. Indian cricket team, led by Virat Kohli, arrived in Rajkot on Saturday morning for the first game of the Test series, scheduled at Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) stadium at Khandheri. This is also the first five-Test series in India after 29 years. The last five-Test series was hosted in the year 1987 against Pakistan. The upcoming Test has already garnered interest among fans following reports of introduction of the Decision Review System (DRS) announced by BCCI just a few days back. This will be the first time since 2013 when India will play a series with the DRS.

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India have not lost a home series since going down 1-2 in 2012 to the England itself led by Alastair Cook. But Kohli and co. shouldn’t take the visiting side lightly, especially when their highest Test-wicket taker, James Anderson, is back. England, who arrived in the sub-continent a bit early, had a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh and are weary after their batsmen were troubled by the spin – an attack which India also employs. The trio of R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra are expected to rummage the England batting.

England are bolstered by the return of James Anderson who’s made some “encouraging progress” from a shoulder injury, ECB said in a statement on Saturday. The bowling rank will thus get a boost with the arrival of Anderson who didn’t feature in the England Test squad since August.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted visuals of the first practice session ahead of the first Test in Rajkot.

BCCI tweeted on Sunday morning, “The huddle is back. #TeamIndia assemble for their first practice session ahead of the 1st Test in Rajkot @Paytm Test cricket #INDvENG”

Indian middle-order specialist Ajinkya Rahane took a few throws downs at the nets in Rajkot.

Ishant Sharma is back with the team after suffering from Chikungunya which ruled him out of the New Zealand series. Ishant looked impressive at the nets in Rajkot.

Captain Cook on his arrival in Rajkot said that England would be underdogs in the upcoming Test series. “It’s a big challenge. Any time you play the No. 1 or the No. 2 ranked team in their backyard, who are very comfortable in their conditions, it’s a huge task for us. It’s a huge challenge to these guys who have not played a huge amount of cricket in the subcontinent as a group,” said Cook.