After almost 15 months, the Indian cricket team will finally play a home test match as they host England in a test series of four games from the 5th February In contrast to the Australian tour, India’s majority of first-choice players are available for selection

Virat Kohli, who missed the last three Tests against Australia, is back to lead senior pacer Ishant Sharma, who has just 3 caps before his 100th Test game is behind, too and will lead the tempo attack together with Jasprit Bumrah

The series also marks the comeback of R Ashwin in the XI The Older Spinner had missed the fourth test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy

Captain Kohli doesn’t have to worry too much about the XI at the opening test, Rohit Sharma will begin the trial with Shubman Gill.Rohit, who started opening the innings in Tests in the 2019-20 season, has a great record at home and hopes to score a big goal

Cheteshwar Pujara will hit at 3am, followed by Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant Since this is a Chennai field, India will likely play three spinnersIshant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah will share the new ball

Jos Buttler, Rishabh Pant, Rory Burns, Joe Root, Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Ben Stokes (vice captain), R Ashwin, Dom Bess, James Anderson, Kuldeep Yadav

India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (WK), Washington Sundar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, KL Rahul, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mayank Agarwal and Wriddhiman Saha

England: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Daniel Lawrence, Joe Root (C), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (WK), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Chris Woakes, Ben Foakes, Olly Stone and Dominic Bess

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