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India vs England 2022: Fifth Test– Match Preview, Match Details, Pitch Conditions and Updates

India are leading the five-match Test series by a 2-0 margin against England.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli: (Image Source: Twitter)

India and England are all set to play the fifth rescheduled Test match from 1st to 5th July 2022 at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. India are currently leading 2-1 in the series and a win or a draw will help them win the series.

England, on the other hand, would look to play their best game in a bid to stop India from winning the series. Both teams have appointed new captains in Test Cricket and one can expect a cracker of a contest. Here’s a look at how the two teams shape up ahead of an important encounter.

Team News:

India:

Rohit Sharma is yet to recover from Covid-19, which means that he is likely to be ruled out of the fifth Test match. In his absence, Jasprit Bumrah is expected to lead the team, while Virat Kohli would be an important part of the batting unit.

Cheteshwar Pujara or Hanuma Vihari is likely to open with Shubman Gill. Also, both Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are likely to be part of the playing XI.

Players to watch out for:

  1. Virat Kohli:

Virat Kohli is one of the most important batters in this batting unit. He hasn’t been in best of form but looked good with the bat in the warm-up match. He will be one of the players to watch out for.

  1. Jasprit Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah is likely to be the captain of the team for the fifth Test as Rohit Sharma has tested positive for the virus. Bumrah will have a lot of responsibility on his shoulders as far as picking wickets is concerned. He will be the biggest bet with the ball for India.

  1. Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant’s record in Test Cricket is staggering. He has been one of the most consistent batters in the team when it comes to Test Cricket. A match-winner for India, Rishabh Pant is expected to come good in Birmingham.

Probable Playing XI:

Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, KS Bharat, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur/R Ashwin (depending on weather conditions), Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.

England:

England have a new team in Ben Stokes and a new head coach in Brendon McCullum. Since the change in the leadership, the team is looking a completely different side. Ben Stokes and Co. are coming off a 3-0 series win against New Zealand and are likely to pose a great challenge to India in the fifth Test.

Players to watch out for:

  1. Jonny Bairstow

Jonny Bairstow is currently in the form of his life. He is batting fearlessly and making everything look very easy. The English batter was nothing short of outstanding in the recent Test series against New Zealand. He scored 394 runs in 3 matches at an average of 78.80 and a strike rate of 120.

  1. Joe Root

Joe Root is one of the best batters in Test Cricket. He was the highest run-getter in the last Test series against New Zealand and will, once again, hold key to the team’s fortune in the upcoming Test against India.

  1. James Anderson

James Anderson will be fully fit to play the fifth Test match against India. He has an outstanding record against India in England. Anderson will, once again, look to make things difficult for the visitors with his art of swing.

Playing XI:

Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Sam Billings (w), Matthew Potts, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, James Anderson

Match Details:

Date: 1st to 5th July 2022

Venue: Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham

Time: 3:30 PM (IST)

Pitch Report:

The fifth Test match is slated to be played at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. It is one of the few grounds which has assistance for the spinners. India are likely to play two spinners in the game, while English have opted for Jack Leach. Besides, the seamers will continue to generate movement with the new ball.

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