India and England are set to clash in a five-match Test series, starting from January 25, 2024, in Hyderabad. The series will be a part of the World Test Championship (WTC) 2023-25 cycle, and both teams will be eager to gain valuable points and improve their rankings. Here is a preview of the India vs England Test series 2024, including the schedule, venues, squads, and predictions.
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India vs England Test series 2024 Schedule and Venues
The India vs England Test series 2024 will be played across five different venues, with each Test lasting for five days. The first Test will be held at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, followed by the second Test at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.
The third Test will be played at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot, while the fourth Test will take place at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.
The fifth and final Test will be hosted by the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala. The matches will start at 9:30 AM local time (4:00 AM GMT).
Here is the full schedule of the India vs England Test series 2024:
India have announced their squad for the first two Tests against England, with Rohit Sharma leading the side in the absence of Virat Kohli, who will miss the series for personal reasons. Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, KS Bharat, Dhruv Jurel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, and Avesh Khan are the other members of the squad. India have a strong batting line-up, with Gill, Jaiswal, and Iyer in good form, and Rahul returning from injury.
The bowling department is also well-balanced, with Ashwin and Jadeja leading the spin attack, and Siraj, Kumar, Bumrah, and Khan forming a potent pace quartet.
England have named a 16-man squad for the tour of India, with Ben Stokes captaining the side in place of Joe Root, who has been rested for the series.
Rehan Ahmed, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Shoaib Bashir, Harry Brook, Gus Atkinson, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes, Tom Hartley, and Jack Leach are the other players in the squad.
England have a mix of experience and youth, with Stokes, Anderson, Bairstow, and Wood providing the leadership and guidance, and Ahmed, Bashir, Brook, Atkinson, and Hartley getting their maiden Test call-ups.
The batting department looks solid, with Stokes, Bairstow, Pope, Crawley, and Duckett forming the core, while the bowling department has variety, with Anderson, Wood, Robinson, and Leach leading the charge.
Here are the full squads of India and England for the first two Tests:
|Rohit Sharma ©
|Ben Stokes ©
|KL Rahul (WK)
|KS Bharat (WK)
|Dhruv Jurel (WK)
|Jasprit Bumrah (VC)
The India vs England Test series 2024 promises to be a thrilling contest, with both teams having quality players and a hunger to win.
India have the home advantage, and are expected to dominate the series, especially on the spin-friendly pitches. England, however, will not give up easily, and will try to challenge India with their skills and resilience.
The key players for India will be Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Jasprit Bumrah, while the key players for England will be Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, James Anderson, and Jack Leach.
The series will also be a test of the captaincy skills of Stokes and Sharma, who will be leading their respective sides for the first time in Test cricket.
Our prediction is that India will win the series by 4-1, with England managing to win one Test, most likely the fifth one in Dharamsala, where the conditions might suit them more.
India will be too strong for England in the other four Tests, and will assert their supremacy in the longest format of the game.