India start their preparations for the highly anticipated five-Test series against England with a three-day practice match against Essex from Wednesday.

FOLLOW LIVE: India vs Essex, Day 1

India, the top-ranked Test team, can expect a sizeable crowd at the The Cloudfm County Ground.

Initially, the contest was supposed to be a four-day affair before a day was shaved citing heat wave. This was after the Indian team cut short their practice session on Tuesday because of the ragged outfield.

Essex have named a 13-man squad to be led by Tom Westley.

You can follow all the updates from the match by keeping a tab on our live blog. You can also watch the live streaming of the match on Essex’s official website.

Here are the details of the match.

What: Essex vs India, Three-day practice match

When: 25-27th July, 2018 (Wednesday-Friday)

Where: Country Ground, Chelmsford


India: Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Lokesh Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma

Essex: Tom Westley (captain), Aaron Beard, Nick Browne, Varun Chopra, Matt Coles, Matt Dixon, James Foster, Daniel Lawrence, Aron Nijjar, Michael-Kyle Pepper (wk), Matthew Quinn, Paul Walter, Rishi Patel