After a historic Test series win Down Under, the next hurdle for India in the ICC World Test Championship is the four-match Test series against England. The series will commence on February 5 in Chennai. The Asian giants are high on morale after beating Australia without many of their key players including skipper Virat Kohli who returned to India after the opening Test on paternity leave. Meanwhile, several other players also got injured during the tour like Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari.Also Read - India to Play Cancelled 5th Test vs England in July 2022, All You Need to Know About Revised Dates, Venues of Test, T20I and ODI Series
However, for the England series, Virat Kohli, Ishant Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin have returned to the squad for the first Two Tests. India will be firm favorites in the series. Also Read - T20 World Cup: Wasim Jaffer Takes Hilarious Dig at Michael Vaughan After Virat Kohli-Led India Beat England in Warm-up Game
On the other hand, England are also riding high on confidence after beating Sri Lanka at their home on turning pitch. England completed the whitewash as Skipper Joe Root was in majestic touch throughout the series while the rest of the work was done by the bowlers who brought their A-game on the table for the series. Also Read - India vs England Highlights T20 World Cup Warm-Up Match: Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul Guide India to a 6-Wicket Victory Over England
England have also recalled their star players Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer who were rested for the Sri Lanka series.
ENG Tour of IND 2021 Schedule
February 05-09: 1st Test at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, 09:30 AM IST
February 13-17: 2nd Test at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, 09:30 AM IST
February 24-28: 3rd Test (Day-Night) at Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad, 02:30 PM IST
March 04-08: 4th Test at Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad, 09:30 PM IST
March 12: 1st T20I at Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad, 07:00 PM IST
March 14: 2nd T20I at Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad, 07:00 PM IST
March 16: 3rd T20I at Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad, 07:00 PM IST
March 18: 4th T20I at Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad, 07:00 PM IST
March 20: 5th T20I at Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad, 07:00 PM IST
March 23: 1st ODI at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, 01:30 PM IST
March 26: 2nd ODI at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, 01:30 PM IST
March 28: 3rd ODI at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, 01:30 PM IST
IND vs ENG Full Squads
India Squad (For first two Tests):
Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (WK), Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Md. Siraj, Shardul Thakur.
Ankit Rajpoot, Sandeep Warrier, Krishnappa Gowtham, Saurabh Kumar, Avesh Khan
Abhimanyu Easwaran, Shahbaz Nadeem, Rahul Chahar, Priyank Panchal, KS Bharat
England squad (For first two Tests):
Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, James Anderson.