India get ready to take on England at Nottingham for the first test of a gruelling five match test series. The first test will start on Aug 04 and it is going to be quite a challenge for India who have already been in England for over a month.

India arrived early in England to play the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) against New Zealand. They played poorly and lost the WTC and will be keen on winning the first test and starting on a winning note.

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India vs. England – Betting Odds for First Test

When you play a test series at home, the hosts tend to be the betting favorites as they are more familiar with the conditions. Bet365 has England as the betting favorites (3.00) while team India start as the underdogs (2.20). India will not mind the underdog tag as the pressure will be on England to win in front of their home fans.

We are expected to have a bit of weather during the first couple of days of the test but we don’t expect to lose too much play. The odds of this test ending in a draw (3.75) but our experts believe that the first test will give us a result.

The toss is expected to play a big factor given the fact that the conditions could be a bit overcast for the first two days. The team that wins the toss will seriously think about bowling first and making use of the conditions.India vs. England

Indian Players That Had A Good Outing

India played a three day tour game against a County XI and some players ended up having a very good game. The best batsman on show was KL Rahul who made a century and the retired to give the other batsmen a chance in the middle. The second best batsman on display was surprising R Jadeja who made a half century in both innings and picked up a wicket.

M Agarwal and C Pujara did make some useful runs with the bat while U Yadav (3 wickets) and M Siraj (2 wickets) were the pick of the fast bowlers. V Kohli, R Ashwin and R Pant did not play the tour game but are expected to play the first test.

India vs. England – Must Get Playing XI Right

India have a habit of losing the first test of an overseas series. While one can argue that the main reason for losing the first test is because Indian players take time to get used to the conditions, another reason is because India has failed to get their playing XI correct for the first test.

India cannot afford to make that same mistake for the first test against England. M Agarwal is going to open as S Gill is out due to an injury. The two main positions that the Indian selectors need to get right are the number 6 position and which spinner to play.

The number 6 position is a battle between H Vihari and KL Rahul while the selectors need to choose between R Ashwin and R Jadeja. We think they should pick KL Rahul and R Jadeja based on their performance in the tour game.

India vs. England – First Test – Verdict

We are going to put our money on team India to play well with both bat and ball and come out with a win.

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