Saturday, December 10, 2022

Newfangled England, India fight for the same old prize.

Will Shubman Gill Take Advantage Of This Opportunity In The Absence Of Regular Openers?

Will Shubman Gill take advantage of this opportunity in the absence of regular openers?

Where to start? This fifth Test between England and India, the grand finale of a soul-ending series since last summer, has been on the waiting list for so long that it has brought different captains and coaching staff from both sides. The venue isn’t even Manchester anymore, but at least the boards now agree on what the game is all about: not a one-off Test match but an unfinished business.

What has not changed though is that the game has many layers. There’s no better time to lose than back in December of 2012. England were 2-1 in the final Test in Nagpur, where they came on such a flat track that India’s all-round spin attack was gasping for breath. It was a dull draw in the end, giving England a series win in India after 28 years, while the hosts were wondering what could happen. The ball is now in another court.

There is of course a lot more on offer in this game than just the pitch. For starters, it may be the catharsis that Indian cricket needs after the heartbreak in South Africa. Virat Kohli may no longer be the captain of the team, but he has been the face of India’s ambitions overseas, at least not in England. If 2014 was about a tour in progressive decline for India, 2018 was often one to miss key moments. The side got most things right in 2021, only for the virus to pay for it all. All they needed was a draw. All they need is a draw.

England couldn’t be happier about the timing of this. It was last summer that even Root, who was at his peak, was not enough to salvage the game. It’s a different year under Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum, and England playing an entirely different brand of cricket. He has ushered himself into a new era within three Tests this summer and is looking to move up the line for a positive game.

But will it be that easy for England against India? If waiting has taught us anything, it’s that a lot has changed but not much has changed.

When: England v India, 5th Test, July 1-5, 2022

where: Edgbaston, Birmingham

what to expect: Some good support for India. They would need it at a venue where they never beat England in seven attempts before 1967. Interestingly, England could do with some support as well, as they have lost their last few Tests to Australia and New Zealand here. The pitch here is generally good for batting with the help of fast bowlers. This season, two of the four county games here have ended in draws, while the other two have been successful chases, including a target of 329.

Some rain is predicted for the first few days, although the forecast is subject to revision.

team news,


The hosts have named their playing XI as they have been of late under the new leadership group. Ben Fox misses due to Covid and is replaced by Sam Billings while Jamie Overton makes way for James Anderson.

Playing XI:Alex Lees, Jack Crowley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Sam Billings (wk), Matthew Potts, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, James Anderson


There has been a bit of turmoil in the Indian camp since the last time they came here. Jasprit Bumrah will lead the team in the absence of Rohit Sharma, who has been dropped after another positive Covid test. There is no Ishant Sharma in the squad and Cheteshwar Pujara is expected to replace the injured Lokesh Rahul at the top, although Mayank Agarwal has been taken as cover.

Two days before the game, head coach Rahul Dravid confirmed that R Ashwin, who joined the team late in the UK after the Covid bout, is fit and available for selection, but will go with India’s Jadeja and Thakur. is likely to. -Rounders, as they did in 2021.

Possible XI: Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah(c), Mohammed Siraj

what did they say,

“The World Test Champions were a formidable opponent and perhaps alarm bells have been raised in world cricket about how this team is going to play. We need to make sure that against a different opposition, we are thoroughly researched Well planned, well prepared, and so on, try and roll out performances” – Brendon McCullum, head coach of England

“To be honest, we’ve been a pretty positive side. We were second in the World Championship cycle last year. This year, we’re third in the table just below the top two. So we’ve been pretty successful I mean. We were very successful in taking 20 wickets and winning Test matches. For me it is positive cricket as well.” , Rahul Dravid, head coach of India

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