ENG VS IND – This article brings to you the preview, team news and top Funtasy picks for the 1st Test between England and India.
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England Team News
Adil Rashid is back in the Test squad after 2016 despite signing on as a white-ball player only with his county side Yorkshire. Besides the comeback of Moeen Ali, seamer Jamie Porter has earned his maiden Test call-up. Also, Chris Woakes has been left out to let him recover from his injury fully.
Squad: Joe Root (c), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, Jamie Porter
India Team News
Respective injures have ruled out Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah from the first three Tests, leaving India dependent on Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma. Kuldeep Yadav has also been called in the longest format following a terrific run in the ODI series.
Squad: Virat Kohli(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami
Top Funtasy Picks
England: Joe Root – The England skipper has as many as 518 runs under his belt in 5 Tests against India at home with an average of over 100. He is the one to place your bet on.
India: Virat Kohli – Inspite of his lean patch in England last season, Virat Kohli will look to turn the tables around this time.
Punt Pick: Kuldeep Yadav – After his resounding bowling display in white-ball cricket, the Chinaman could make his debut at Birmingham.