The flamboyant Indian team will start their full series against England starting from the 3rd of July.
The much-anticipated tour of India will feature three T20 Internationals, three One-Day Internationals and five Test matches. The five-match Test series will begin from the 1st of August, where the Indian team will be tested in England’s seaming conditions.
The English team has always been heavily reliant on their pace attack at home, with veterans James Anderson and Stuart Board leading their bowling attack. The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, was troubled by both Anderson and Broad the last time India toured England. However, the charismatic Indian batsman will now be looking to counter the bowling pair.
However, England has been dealt with a huge blow after star bowler Stuart Broad injured his ankle during a county game at Trent Bridge between Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire. The 32-year-old could only bowl in the first session due to a niggle in his ankle. Broad has picked up 417 wickets in just 118 Tests for England, with best figures of 8 wickets for 15 against arch-rivals, Australia.
On the other hand, the England and Wales Cricket Board have announced a powerful 14-man ODI squad to face India in July. Ben Stokes, who tore his hamstring during the Test series against Pakistan, returns to the squad. The all-rounder will also feature in Durham’s T20 Blast opening game against Hampshire on Thursday, following which he will be available to face India on 8th July, Sunday.
Sam Billings and Sam Curran could not maintain their position in the ODI squad. On the other hand, all-rounder Chris Woakes is also expected to be added to the squad as per his fitness.
England squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Adil Rashid, Alex Hales, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Jake Ball, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jonathan Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran.