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ENG vs IND, 5th Test – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: England vs India, (ENG vs IND, 5th Test)

Date: July 1-5, 2022 – 3:30 PM IST

Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham

Where and what time to watch the match live in India

For Indian viewers, India’s tour of England will be televised live on Sony Sports Network. Watch the Test on Sony Six and Six HD as well as Ten 3 from 3:30 PM IST on matchdays. You can also catch the live action on the online streaming platform Sony LIV.

England vs India, One-off Test:

India are in the UK for an all-format series, comprising the fifth Test, three ODIs and three T20Is. The two teams are set to collide in the fifth Test – part of the unfinished series last year – at Edgbaston in Birmingham from Friday, July 1. India leads the series by 2-1 and will be looking to clinch it whereas England will be desperate to draw it.

Both the teams have had a change of leadership from the last time they met. India have captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid at the helm while England have Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum. England have vowed to play an attacking brand of Test cricket under the new regime. They hammered the World Test champions New Zealand by 3-0 in Stokes’ very first assignment. In those three games, England chased down 277, 299 and 296.

India had lost their away series against South Africa by 2-1 earlier this year but smashed Sri Lanka at home by heavy margins in March. As for the Test Championship, they sit outside the top two with 77 points from 11 matches – a points percentage of 58.33. The visitors will have their eyes set on crucial 12 points and series victory at Edgbaston. 

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for ENG vs IND, Fifth Test

Edgbaston in Birmingham should provide significant assistance for seamers with the new ball. Spinners are likely to come into play as the pitch wears out. A total of 53 Tests have been hosted here, with 18 won by the team batting first and 20 by the chasing side. The average scores in four innings read 307, 320, 244 and 152, respectively.

The weather forecast at Birmingham doesn’t look promising for the first two days of the Test, with showers expected for a couple of hours. There’s over 70% chance of precipitation on the first two days, which drops down to around 25% for the remaining days.

England – Expected XI and Team News

England have announced the 11-member squad for the Test, with Sam Billings added as the keeper over Ben Foakes who was tested Covid-19 positive. James Anderson was rested from their previous game and will return for this fixture. Matty Potts and Stuart Broad have been included in the XI.

Probable XI – Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Sam Billings (wk), Matty Potts, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, James Anderson

India – Expected XI and Team News

India’s captain Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the match after testing Covid-19 positive. Mayank Agarwal, Srikar Bharat and Cheteshwar Pujara are in contention for his spot. Shubman Gill is set to open the innings, with KL Rahul also out injured. Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur will be vying for the third seam-bowling spot. Jasprit Bumrah will lead India in Rohit’s absence, while Rishabh Pant has been named the vice-captain.

Probable XI – Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur/Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

Head to head record of ENG vs IND

Total Encounters – 130

England Won – 40

India Won – 31

Draw – 50

India lead the last five encounters by 3-1.

One-off Test: Five players to watch out for in the ENG vs IND match

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI:

Joe Root: Batter, England

England’s greatest ever batter, Joe Root has been in magnificent form in the longer format. Since 2021, the right hand batter has scored 2462 runs at an average of 59 with 10 hundreds and five fifties. Root was excellent in the recent series against New Zealand, scoring two centuries and an 80. Root is a solid C/VC option, priced at 10.5 credits.

Jasprit Bumrah: Bowler, India

Jasprit Bumrah is one of the best bowlers in world cricket with a terrific record in Test cricket. India’s frontline fast bowler has snared 123 wickets in 29 Tests while averaging 21.73. Bumrah has eight five-wicket hauls to his credit in Test cricket with best match figures of 9/86. Looking at the conditions, He can be a good C/VC option coming at 9 credits.

Jonny Bairstow: Wicketkeeper Batter, England

Jonny Bairstow has been in incredible touch with the bat in Test cricket this year. He obliterated the New Zealand bowling attack in the recent series, blasting 394 runs at an average of 79 while striking at  120, including two hundreds and a fifty. Bairstow has 5195 runs in his overall Test career with 10 hundreds. He’s priced at 9.5 credits.

Virat Kohli: Batter, India

Virat Kohli hasn’t scored a hundred in two years but his class is undeniable. The Indian no. 4 looked in good touch in the warm-up match, scoring 33 and 67 in two innings. Kohli’s Test numbers are great, having scored over 8000 runs at an average of nearly 50 with 27 hundreds and 28 fifties. He will cost you 9.5 credits on the MPL app.

Ravichandran Ashwin: All-rounder, India

Ravichandran Ashwin is arguably the best spinner in the last decade. The off-spinner has 442 wickets in 86 Test matches at an excellent average of 24.13, including 30 five-fors. Seven times Ashwin has picked 10+ wickets in a match. He also has 2931 runs at an average of 27 with five hundreds and 12 fifties. He’s priced at 9 credits.

MPL Fantasy XI


Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.


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