India last won a Test series in England way back in 2007, featuring in three more tours to the country (2011, 2014, 2018) since. Virat Kohli’s team had lost the series 1-4 when they last toured the country in 2018, and have just managed two wins since 2011 in the country.
On their last overseas tour, India defeated Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy which ended in January this year.
The India contingent in England has been plagued by injuries, though, with Shubman Gill and Washington Sundar along with standby Avesh Khan already ruled out of the series.
England, too, will be reeling with the effects of major absence in the lead-up after star all-rounder Ben Stokes made himself unavailable for the Test series, opting to take a break from cricket.
This will be the first series for both teams in the second edition of the World Test Championship. While England failed to qualify for the final of the first cycle of the WTC, India went down against New Zealand in the summit clash.
Eng vs Ind squads: Full team list for England and India
Joe Root (Captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley, Mark Wood, Craig Overton
Rohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha
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