India Vs England
Rahul, Vihari emerge options to open for India in 1st Test
It will be a tough task to beat England in England considering that India are struggling to find an opener to provide stability and a pace bowling all-rounder who can bring in the balance. One thing going for India is that they have managed to spend some time in England. On all the recent three tours -- 2011, 2014 and 2018 -- acclimatisation to the weather conditions was a worry. No wonder, India lost series on all three occasions.
India in England: Root, Rahane back Stokes's decision to pull out
"Anyone who knows Ben knows that he puts England in front of himself first. He has an opportunity to put himself first, to take time to look after himself so that he is able to play [later]. Hopefully, that will be sooner than later. I think cricket needs to be a secondary thought down the line and he should think of himself first," said England Test captain Root in a virtual media interaction on Monday.
Hat-trick of series losses: India in England over the last decade
The Indian team will look to halt a run of three successive away series defeats against England when they take on the Joe Root-led side in the five-match series that begins on August 4 (Wednesday) at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Here is a look at India's series losses that began a decade back after the 1-0 series success in 2007.
India in England: Opener Agarwal hit on the head, under medical observation
"All the guys are fit for selection. Only Mayank Agarwal, who got hit on the helmet today [is a concern]. The physios are assessing him. The medical team will issue a statement shortly. Otherwise, everyone is available," said India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane to the media. India are already struggling for opening options as they have lost opener Shubman Gill to injury.
Stokes's exit may hurt but England have multiple all-rounder options
However, the home side still has more options than India in that department. Even as India's pace bowling all-rounder option in Hardik Pandya remains unfit to perform Test duties and has been playing only limited overs cricket, England have Sam Curran, who turned out to be the difference in the last series against India at home.
Test series vs India: Stokes withdraws to attend to mental health
The Test series begins on August 4 in Nottingham. "Stokes has withdrawn from England's Test squad ahead of the Test series against India starting next week to prioritise his mental wellbeing and to rest his left index finger, which has not fully healed since his return to competitive cricket earlier this month," said the ECB statement.
England name Robinson, Hameed in squad for India Tests
Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Sam Curran have also returned to the Test team. While Bairstow, Buttler and Curran were rested from the New Zealand series after taking part in this year's IPL and undergoing a lengthy period of quarantine, Stokes has recovered from a finger injury that saw him withdraw from the Indian Premier League this year.
Rishabh Pant tests positive for Covid-19, lax BCCI under scrutiny
Indian cricket board's decision to allow players to visit sporting venues as well as other public places in England and mingle with crowd during their three-week break has come under spotlight after it emerged that wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has tested positive for Covid-19.
Danielle Wyatt powers England to T20 series win over India
Opener Danielle Wyatt, who shot to limelight seven years ago for proposing Virat Kohli on Twitter, smashed an unbeaten 89 off 56 balls late Wednesday night to help England Women beat India Women by eight wickets in the third and final T20I. The win helped England win the T20I series 2-1 and clinch the all-format series 10-6.
Stokes's return to give huge boost ahead of India series: Cook
Stokes marked his return to cricket after a surgery to his left index finger on Sunday, striking an 18-ball 29 and taking one wicket, as his county side Durham defeated Birmingham Bears by 22 runs in the Vitality Blast T20 tournament here. The 30-year-old Stokes had to pull out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) before its suspension due to the injury.