India have a new coach in Rahul Dravid, while Rohit Sharma has replaced Virat Kohli as skipper. The home team has also undergone a transformation. Led by a new skipper Ben Stokesthey have just won two Test matches against New Zealand. After sealing the streak, they play the final game starting Thursday before heading to Edgbastonwhere they face India from July 1.
The shape of Stokes and Co. is not lost on Dravideleft for England in the early hours of Monday after the T20 series against South Africa.
“As for the test match, it’s going to be exciting for us. It’s just a one-time test match, but World Trade Center points and streaks are on the line and the guys who played a part in it will mean well and are looking forward to it. England are playing well at the moment and it will be a bit different from last year when England were probably a bit behind.
“They played good games and we also have a very good team. Hopefully we will have a good game,” Dravid stressed.
In photos – Mission England: the Indian team begins preparations for a rescheduled fifth test
Key India Test squad players, including former India captain Virat Kohli, have started training for the rescheduled fifth Test against England, which kicks off on July 1 in Birmingham. (Photo credit: BCCI Twitter)
Dravid returns to the country where he made his Test debut in 1996 for the first time as a senior team coach. The former Indian skipper said he was looking forward to the contest.
“It’s always nice to play test matches in England. The crowd is going to be fantastic and they’re good when you play test cricket there. I loved playing test cricket (in England). J love coaching Test cricket and I’m looking forward to it,” the 49-year-old said.
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