Epic series to decide last WTC finalist

5 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

There will be plenty of nervous eyes watching the four-Test series between India and England, with three teams’ World Test Championship fates hanging in the balance, reports ICC.

The match kicks off at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai today. Both India and England go into this series with plenty of reason to be confident.

England batsman Zak Crawley has been ruled out with a wrist injury, his country’s cricket board said on Thursday. Crawley, 23, slipped on a marble floor outside the dressing room during training ahead of the four-Test series starting in Chennai on Friday. “Scan results have confirmed that Crawley has jarred his right wrist, which has sprained the joint and led to local inflammation,” the England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement.

It has been nearly four years since India last lost a Test match at home and more than eight since they lost a series they hosted. That series loss, coincidentally, was against England in late 2012 with a 21-year-old Joe Root making his Test debut.

Nevertheless, England go into the series with every reason to be optimistic after beating Sri Lanka 2-0. They have won each of their past five Tests in Asia – all against Sri Lanka – and are yet to taste defeat on the continent under Root’s captaincy.