Rajkot: After spending a week in Abu Dhabi, the England cricket team reached Rajkot on Monday to play the remaining three matches of the five-match Test series against India. The series is currently tied at 1-1. The third test match will be played here from 15th February. After the 106-run defeat in the second Test in Visakhapatnam, England players had gone to Abu Dhabi for a week’s rest due to the gap of 10 days between the second and third Test matches, where apart from rest, they spent time playing golf. Spent.
The England team will practice at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium this morning while the Indian players will take part in practice sessions in the afternoon. Before returning to India, the England team suffered a blow as their lead spinner Jack Leach was ruled out of the remaining matches of the series due to a knee injury. England took part in a conditioning camp in Abu Dhabi for the Test series against India instead of playing practice matches in the subcontinent.
In this camp organized before the series, the England players practiced hard to deal with the Indian spinners. England had won the first Test match played in Hyderabad, but in the second match, its batsmen could not stand against the brilliant bowling of fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah. India won this match and leveled the series. The third test match will be played in Ranchi and the fourth match in Dharamshala.
The Indian team has played a total of two matches so far at the Saurashtra Cricket Stadium and has not lost a single match. The first Test match in Rajkot was played in November 2016. This match between India and England was a draw. In that match, Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Alastair Cook scored centuries in the first innings. Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara scored century innings for India. Had played a century innings. Both are not members of the team this time. India played its second match here against West Indies in 2018, when it won by an innings and 272 runs. In that match, Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja also played century innings for India.