The much-anticipated five-match Test series between England and India will get underway next week at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham. England will look to avenge their series loss suffered in India earlier this year, while the tourists aim to win their first series on English soil since 2007. Meanwhile, the BCCI has unveiled the look of the Nottingham deck ahead of the opening game on Wednesday.
The pitch, as revealed by the BCCI, looks mighty green. The deck being green would mean that the fast bowlers would find plenty of assistance and both India and England have world-class pacers. Hence, both sides’ fast bowlers would be licking their lips if it stays like it on the first day. As a result, it could be a low-scoring game too.
Notably, India’s only Test victory when they toured England in 2018 for a multi-format tour, arrived in Nottingham. India negated the swinging conditions exceptionally well after batting first as Virat Kohli’s 97 headlined their first-innings effort of 329. In response, Hardik Pandya’s fifer shot the hosts for 161. Kohli passed the three-figure mark in the second innings, setting an improbable 521 to win for England.
While Jos Buttler shone by scoring a hundred, the Three Lions could not prevent a 203-run loss, while Jasprit Bumrah took a fifer. But the home side won the five-match series by 4-1, keeping India winless on the soil since 2007. But England also has a notable achievement at the Trent Bridge, bowling out Australia for 60 in the 2015 Ashes. Stuart Broad ripped through their batting line-up, taking figures of 8/15. Thus, the upcoming series between India and England should be another spectacle for the fans.
Below is the post uploaded by the BCCI ahead of the first Test between England and India:
A look at the wicket three days out from the 1st Test at Trent Bridge.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 1, 2021