The Virat Kohli-led India will kick start their preparations for the five-match Test series against England with a warm-up game against the County Championship XI. India were not scheduled to play any such game when the tour was planned but the loss in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand forced BCCI to request England Cricket Board (ECB) for a practice game before the Test series. India have few issues to sort out before the marquee series gets underway.
The biggest concern will be to solve the opening conundrum. With the likes of Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul or even Hanuma Vihari available, the team need to finalise who among the three will partner Rohit Sharma at the top. Also, the team need to work out the bowling combination. Whether they want to go in with three pacers and two spinners or four pacers and one spinner. If they opt for one spinner, who between Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be best for the team. Also, they need to decide on the pace bowling combination. While Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are sure starters, the team will be in dilemma to go in with Mohammed Siraj or Ishant Sharma, so there is a lot to look forward to. Here is all you need to know about India vs County Championship XI warm up game.
Match and venue details
Date: July 20-July 22
Time: 3:30 PM
Venue: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
Where to watch India vs County Championship XI
There will be no live coverage of the match on television in India.
Where to watch India vs County Championship XI online?
The match can be streamed live on Durham cricket YouTube channel.
India Squad: Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli(c), Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Washington Sundar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Ishant Sharma
County Select XI Squad: Zak Chappell, Robert Yates, James Bracey(w), Haseeb Hameed, Rehan Ahmed, James Rew, Will Rhodes(c), Jake Libby, Lyndon James, Craig Miles, Liam Patterson-White, Ethan Bamber, Jack Carson