England v India 1st Test Match Preview


A five match test series between England and India starts this week and the first contest gets underway at Birmingham on Wednesday.

India’s tour of England concludes with the test matches. The visitors were 2-1 winners in the T20’s at the start of this tour but England came from behind to win the ODI series, also by a 2-1 scoreline.

This is a five match series and we have outright series markets available. England are favourites right now at 6/10 with India 5/2 and the draw 11/2. We also have series correct score betting and you can view all the outright options here.

England’s most recent test match action came at home to Pakistan in May / June this year. It was a 2 match series and England’s performances were like chalk and cheese, suffering a 9 wicket defeat in the first test but winning the second by an innings and 55 runs.

England Squad: Joe Root (c), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, Jamie Porter

India crushed Afghanistan by an innings and 262 runs in Bangalore in a one off test in June and their only other test match action this year saw them go down 2-1 away to South Africa in January.

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

Recent Head to Head

The most recent test series between the sides came at the tail end of 2016 and India won 4-0 with 1 match drawn.

India were last in England for a test series in 2014 and despite leading 1-0 after 2 tests they were eventually beaten 3-1.

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Match Result

England 21/20

Draw 33/10

India 2/1

Note:  Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change

Bets: India to win at 2/1

England have been in and out performers in this format in recent times and it could pay to have a speculative interest in India to draw first blood.