The much-awaited India-England five-match Test series is set to begin in Rajkot on November 9. India are currently the top ranked team in the world while England are number four. Before the match, here is a quick look at the details of the match. The first Test between India and England will be played at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium which has a capacity of 28, 000. It was earlier known as the Khandheri Cricket Stadium.
The match will begin at 0930 hrs IST and on first day i.e. Wednesday, the toss will take place at 0900 hrs IST. The squads for the two teams are:
India: Gautam Gambhir, Murali Vijay, Karun Nair, Virat Kohli (C), Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Hardik Pandya
England: Alastair Cook, Moeen Ali, Zafar Ansari, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Gareth Batty, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Ben Duckett, Steven Finn, Haseeb Hameed, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, James Anderson
India coach : Anil Kumble
England coach: Trevor Bayliss
India and England have faced each other 112 times previous in Tests out of which England have won 43 times while India have managed to win only 21 times. 48 matches have ended in a draw. In India, both teams have played 55 Tests against each other. India have won 15 of those while England have won 13. Remaining 27 matches have ended as draws.