England return to test action in Nottingham for the first time in three years as they take on India in a five day game from Wednesday 4th August in the first match of a five game series against the world’s second highest ranked side.
Last time at Trent Bridge it was a convincing 203 run win for the tourists but that was the only game India won in England during the summer of 2018 as the hosts ran out thumping 4-1 series winners.
Things were different on the sub-continent earlier this year as on home soil India beat England 3-1 in the Anthony de Mello Trophy and this time around the visiting nation will be optimistic that they can produce a second summer defeat for England on their own patch after Joe Root’s side were also beaten 1-0 by New Zealand in a two match series in June.
England will be without Ben Stokes who’s decided to take an indefinite break from the game whilst India will certainly feature legendary captain Virat Kohli who should he score 100 in Nottingham, he’ll beat Ricky Ponting’s international record as the captain with the most centuries.
India are also likely to include former Nottinghamshire batsman Cheteshwar Pujara in their XI whilst both Stuart Broad and Haseeb Hameed are in England’s seventeen man squad with the hope of playing in front of their home crowd.
Hameed last played for England in the 2016 Indian tour as a nineteen year old and averaged 43.80 in his three international games played. After recent good form for Notts he was picked for the New Zealand series at the start of the summer but is still yet to feature in a test match for the first time on these shores.
Limited tickets are available at trentbridge.co.uk with all five days (should they go the distance) screened on Sky Sports.
The Trent Bridge test is followed by the second test at Lords before further matches at Headingley, the Oval and Old Trafford.
*Main image @WisdenCricket Notts batsmen Haseeb Hameed could feature for England for the first time since 2016.