India v England Test Series 2021

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I tried to use BBC website to find when it started. But it doesnt recognise International Test Cricket, which is how it is listed by them on Friday
BBC useless as usual
 

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Channel 4 has beaten off 11th-hour bids from rival broadcasters to win the rights for the England Test series in India and will announce the deal this afternoon, Telegraph Sport can reveal.

BT Sport and Sky are understood to have put in bids on Tuesday just as Channel 4 were poised to seal the deal, causing a last-minute hold-up.


But Indian broadcaster Star Sports, who hold the global rights, chose to go with Channel 4 last night and a deal was finalised this morning.

The four Test matches will be shown on Channel 4 from 4am on Friday and also on its All 4 on-demand digital service. A separate deal for the white-ball series, which includes five Twenty20s and three ODIs, is yet to be finalised but is also expected to be shown by Channel 4.
 
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Ollie Pope added to the test squad. With him, Stokes, Archer and Moeen all returning we do look a lot stronger than we did in Sri Lanka.
 
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I'd go:

Burns
Sibley
Crawley
Root
Stokes
Pope
Buttler
Moeen
Archer
Leach
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On a serious note, luckily been to Madras twice over the years & it's hot. The recent series in SL would of helped. The last two Tests being day/night in Ahmedabad must bring in the dew & mosquito issue !!
 

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Predictions, boys?

3 or 4-0 India

Tbh i am struggling to see us
  • Not chasing down a 450-500 first innings total every match
  • Bat for longer than a day at any point
  • Get India out in a timely fashion in their own back yard
But i hope im wrong!
 

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I've said 3-1 - reckon we might nick a test somewhere but the rest may be similar to the last series out there where they pile on 1st innings runs and we collapse 2nd innings
 

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So this is my prediction. I personally think England will do far better than what most England fans believe reading the comments above. Have faith in your team.

Really looking forward to this test series. England will find India a far stronger opposition than Sri Lanka in terms of batting and bowling. Equally, England will field a far stronger line up than they did in Sri Lanka.

In any India wicket, win toss bat first. Think Trott made the right comment, need to bat big in the first innings. The one area where India was relatively poor in Australia was our fielding. We dropped far too many catches. Interesting that Kohli has confirmed that Pant will keep wicket.

Some big battles ahead and I am particular interested to see how well Archer will do. All ok taking wickets at home, lets see how he does in the sub-continent.

Root is in form (his battle against Ashwin and Bumrah will be great to watch) and expect Stokes and Butler to contribute. Anderson and Broad didn't have a good last series in India but Broad has been on superb form in the last 2 years.

if England can win one of the Chennai tests then this series will be very close as the day/night third test in Ahmedabad is up for grabs IMO.

Already set my alarm for 3:45am.
 

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"The broadcaster will not employ a bespoke commentary team for the games, with their coverage adopting the world feed."
 

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So this is my prediction. I personally think England will do far better than what most England fans believe reading the comments above. Have faith in your team.

Really looking forward to this test series. England will find India a far stronger opposition than Sri Lanka in terms of batting and bowling. Equally, England will field a far stronger line up than they did in Sri Lanka.

In any India wicket, win toss bat first. Think Trott made the right comment, need to bat big in the first innings. The one area where India was relatively poor in Australia was our fielding. We dropped far too many catches. Interesting that Kohli has confirmed that Pant will keep wicket.

Some big battles ahead and I am particular interested to see how well Archer will do. All ok taking wickets at home, lets see how he does in the sub-continent.

Root is in form (his battle against Ashwin and Bumrah will be great to watch) and expect Stokes and Butler to contribute. Anderson and Broad didn't have a good last series in India but Broad has been on superb form in the last 2 years.

if England can win one of the Chennai tests then this series will be very close as the day/night third test in Ahmedabad is up for grabs IMO.

Already set my alarm for 3:45am.
IMHO discipline, patience, orthodoxy key in this series. Sri Lanka lost to England because of a lack of these. You mention Archer. He's going to find it tough. To stand a chance of success he has to be prepared to patient and metronomical with line and length, in addition to his x-factor pace. Anything off the straight and narrow will be punished by the superior quality of the batting opposition. Same goes for all bowlers. A test match mind-set required by all, with bat and ball. Burns and Sibley (kiss of death?), have started out in the right vein.
 

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Was that Dan Lawrence or Joey Essex watching on from the boundary?

Just to expand on what I was saying about Archer, he certainly possesses the required control. For someone of his pace, he has remarkable control, in fact. What I mean here is for all our bowlers to have the mental fortitude to continue to drop the ball on the spot, ball after ball, when absolutely nothing is happening to encourage them.
 

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I know I've complained about this before, but why can't umpires give no ball anymore. And if there is an official policy of letting the TV Umpire give them, then where's the associated compensation for the batting side - it was a free hit before, so where's the free hit?
 

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f*** me! That's exactly what I'm talking about. Lose your concentration, discipline or orthodoxy for just one ball, and you undo all the hard work. You cannot hand out gifts like this. Initiative immediately handed to India. Come on. Surprised and disappointed by that, Mr Burns.
 

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Is this the first time that bails with lights have been used in a test match?
 

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Far too early to say, of course, but that Burns dismissal could turn out to be the pivotal moment of this first test. Series, even.
 

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Be interested to know what English fans think of the decision to play Anderson ahead of Broad. This may come back to haunt me but just feel the English attack is a bit light.
 

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Come on Dom and Joe. Bat through the session and the damage is potentially restored.
 

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Be interested to know what English fans think of the decision to play Anderson ahead of Broad. This may come back to haunt me but just feel the English attack is a bit light.
Curious, isn't it, this balance between best interest of the result in a given test and longer term interest of individuals and squad as a result of bubbles, over-exposure to harsh conditions etc? Very similar, in a way, to what we are seeing at BFC at the moment. Only time will tell, but I share your concerns (well, not really your concerns ;) 😂 ).
 

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Root is hanging on here - really good battle with Sharma and Ashwin at the moment. Classic test match cricket.
 

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Fantastic session 140-2 at tea.

slow going but that doesn’t matter. Need to keep it strong 👍🏻
 

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Best I have seen Sibley bat and kudo to him on his first tour of India.

Not looking to far ahead but the third innings of this test match may be crucial here.
 

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India missing Shami and Jadeja.
 

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Haven't seen a live men in whites, maiden over, dead bat shot for 16 years. Lovin it!
 

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159-2, going well so far - looks like the plan is to put overs in the bowlers legs which should give the stroke players down the order licence to score quickly tomorrow and hopefully build a big first innings total. Root looking class again and in the mood to convert....
 

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Proving me very wrong with this batting, England! Long may it continue!

Perfect innings so far by us. Survive to the close being 2/3 down and i'd call this Englands day.

New ball will be key.
 

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Root going through the gears and reaches his 100 in his 100th test - in a rich vein of form at the moment, long may it continue...England 227-2
 

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Fabulous again from Root but it's almost expected now. Sibley has been super impressive as well.

The scoring rate off India's backup bowlers should be a lesson to England as they have not supported the primary bowlers well enough. If the pitch isn't helping you then you need to squeeze the scoreboard to create some pressure. I fear England will have the same issue.

This has been enjoyable so far. Nice to have something to watch at this time of day and the coverage has been fine too.
 

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Sibley out last ball - 263-3 which is still a great day from England. Bat 2 more sessions tomorrow and then scoreboard pressure might tell
Actual 3 ball of last over, so they all went off

Stokes next man in , looking forward to tomorrow , couple of overs ago Root went down with cramp
 

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Sibley out last ball - 263-3 which is still a great day from England. Bat 2 more sessions tomorrow and then scoreboard pressure might tell
Bad to lose that wicket right there but Englands day, no question.

Lots of batting to come and Root still in, 400 minimum here you'd hope.
 

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