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Eng vs Ind (First Test) – Twitter reactions on playing XI
By Sandy - Aug 1, 2018 5:04 pm
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After the end of the limited-overs series, the hosts England and the visitors India has started to play the Test series from Wednesday (August 1). England captain Joe Root decided to bat first after winning the toss in the first Test of the five-match Test series at Edgbaston (Birmingham).

Virat Kohli and Joe Root with the trophy

It is England’s 1000th Test match and they are the first team to achieve this feat. From the 13-man squad for the first Test, pacer Jamie Porter and all-rounder Moeen Ali only miss out in the playing XI.

On the other hand, Indian skipper Virat Kohli took some bold decision for the first Test. While the left-handed Shikhar Dhawan has been selected as the opening partner of Murali Vijay, struggling Cheteshwar Pujara has been replaced by in-form KL Rahul.

Expectedly, Dinesh Karthik has been selected as the wicketkeeper over the young Rishabh Pant. However, Kohli chooses the experienced off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin over the in-form young left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav. Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma are the Indian pacers for the first Test along with the pace all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

Among the 18-member Test squad, Indian skipper Kohli dropped – Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Karun Nair, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shardul Thakur, Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav – from the first Test.

Playing XI

England: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (c), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

India: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma.