England and Wales Cricket Board has announced their playing XI for the first Test against India at Edgbaston. Noticeably, Adil Rashid will play as the lone spinner for England as Moeen Ali has been left out. Jos Buttler has been named as the vice-captain for the series, taking over from James Anderson. Buttler is already the vice-captain of the England ODI team. Joe Root will be leading out the Three Lions in England’s 1000th Test.
Rashid will be earning his 11th Test cap and his first on English soil. Rashid’s last Test for England came way back in 2016. Earlier, England won the one-day international series between the teams 2-1 and lost the Twenty20 competition by the same margin earlier this month. The upcoming Test series between the two nations is expected to be a fiercely contested affair. However, the Indian team under the leadership of Virat Kohli is yet to announce their playing eleven. Earlier, the Indian side played a three-day tour game against Essex where neither side failed to pick up all ten wickets and the match ended in a tame draw.
England XI to face India-
Joe Root (c)
Jonny Bairstow (w)