Will Joe Root‘s England be able to take advantage of home conditions against Virat Kohli‘s India, especially at their Birmingham fortress of Edgbaston? Or will India, ranked No. 1 in ICC Test ratings, prevail over the fifth-ranked hosts? It is a matter of mere hours now before the most-anticipated Test cricket contest of the year — the five-match series between India and England — gets underway. India last won a series in England in 2007, under Rahul Dravid (that too after a 21-year-long gap). Since then, they were whitewashed 0-4 in 2011 and 1-3 (losing the last three Tests) in 2014, both under MS Dhoni.

LIVE SCORECARD

What: India vs England, 1st Test

When: August 1, 2018 (Wednesday)

Where: Edgbaston, Birmingham

Start Time: 3:30 PM (IST) [11:00 AM local]

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PREVIEW: India need to strive hard to spoil England’s 1000-Test party

India squad for 1st Test: Virat Kohli (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav

England XI for 1st Test (announced): Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler (wk), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.