ENGLAND are in a great position to take a 1-0 lead in their series against India, but it’s no foregone conclusion yet.
The hosts are on a high following a remarkable victory in Australia, where an under-strength side ended the Aussies 33-year dominance at the Gabba.
Joe Root and England meanwhile are buoyant after shaking off the cobwebs in style against Sri Lanka, winning both Test matches comfortably in Galle.
This is the first series between the two nations in India since November 2016, when Alastair Cook’s side were sent home with a 4-0 battering.
The sides will face each other again this year with a five-match contest pencilled in for the summer on English soil.
When is India vs England, First Test?
- The first of a four-match Test series, the First Test will be played over five days and started on Friday, February 5.
- It is taking place at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
- Play starts at 4am GMT on each day.
- Joe Root hit 128 on his milestone 100th Test as England closed day one on 263-3.
What TV channel is India vs England on and can I live stream it?
In a real treat for cricket fans during national lockdown, the entire of the India vs England series will be shown on free-to-air TV in the UK.
For the first time since the famous Ashes in 2005, Channel 4 will broadcast every ball live to your living room.
Coverage on each day is expected to start around 3.30am GMT.
If you want to stream, head to All 4 or TVPlayer.com where you can watch Channel 4 live – but you must have a valid TV licence.
Highlights of each day’s play will also be available on the streaming service.
Channel 4 will take commentary from the world TV feed but will have a team of experts in their own studio.
What radio station can I listen to England vs India on?
- talkSPORT will be the exclusive radio broadcaster for the tour with every ball of every game live on talkSPORT 2.
- The broadcast team includes talkSPORT cricket regulars, Darren Gough, Mark Nicholas, Mark Butcher, Matt Prior, Steve Harmison, Gareth Batty, Alex Tudor, Neil Manthorp, Jarrod Kimber, Jon Norman, Guy Swindells and Andrew McKenna.
- Harmison will also host a regular show, live-streamed on talkSPORT’s YouTube channel at the end of play each day, as part of 500 hours of cricket programming across the series.
- Complementing the live commentaries will be a daily Following On podcast, there will also be a two-hour highlights package for those who miss the action, plus the Cricket Collective will deliver regular preview and review shows.
- To follow the action on talkSPORT 2, download the talkSPORT app, re-tune your DAB radio, listen at talkSPORT.com or tell your smart speaker to ‘play talkSPORT 2’.
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What is the team news?
After missing a number of keys players in Sri Lanka, England are taking a full-strength team on their Indian tour.
Jofra Archer didn’t travel to Galle due to the punishing schedule England face this year, while Ben Stokes returns to the set-up after two months away from the game due to family reasons.
Moeen Ali was forced to quarantine when arriving in Sri Lanka after testing positive for Covid-19, but has now recovered.
For India, skipper Virat Kohli returns after missing the famous victory at the Gabba while Rishabh Pant’s heroics Down Under has seen him start ahead of Wriddhiman Saha.
- Joe Root (Yorkshire, capt)
- Jofra Archer (Sussex)
- Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)
- James Anderson (Lancashire)
- Dom Bess (Yorkshire)
- Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
- Rory Burns (Surrey)
- Jos Buttler (Lancashire, wk)
- Zak Crawley (Kent)
- Ben Foakes (Surrey, wk)
- Dan Lawrence (Essex)
- Jack Leach (Somerset)
- Dom Sibley (Warwickshire)
- Ben Stokes (Durham)
- Olly Stone (Warwickshire)
- Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)
Reserves: James Bracey (Gloucestershire), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Matthew Parkinson (Lancashire), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Amar Virdi (Surrey).