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India v England Test series: Dates, times, how to watch & more

England return to the Test arena for the first time since their drawn Ashes series against Australia last summer when they head to the sub-continent this month to start a five-match tour of India.

They suffered a 3-1 defeat on their last visit and have not claimed a series victory there since 2012, so here is everything you need to know about the forthcoming series.

India v England Dates

The first match of the five-Test series will start in Hyderabad on Thursday 25th January with the final day’s play of the entire series due to take place in Dharamsala on Monday 11th March.

In between, there will be matches taking place in Vizag, Rajkot and Ranchi.

India v England Times

Play on every day for each of the five Tests between India and England is due to start at 04:00 GMT.

India v England Venues

The First Test between India and England will take place at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad between the 25th and the 29th January, before the next clash at the ACA-VDCA Stadium in Vizag between the 2nd and 6th February.

The Third Test will then be played at the Saurashtra CA Stadium in Rajkot, starting on 15th February, with the fourth game at the JSCA International Stadium in Ranchi starting on 23rd February and, finally, the Himachal Pradesh CA Stadium in Dharamsala will play host to the fifth match, starting on 7th March.

India v England How to Watch

All five Tests will be available to watch in the UK on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event.

When did England last win a Test series in India?

England have played Test matches in India since December 1933 when they claimed a nine-wicket win in Mumbai, but it can hardly be regarded as one of their favourite places to tour.

They won that first three-match series 2-0 but that is one of only four occasions when they have posted a series win.

England claimed a 3-1 victory in matches spanning 1976 and 1977 and a 2-1 win in 1984/85, but many of their meetings have been stalemates, as all five encounters in the 1963/64 series and five of the six meetings in 1981/82 finished as draws.

The last England success came in 2012/13 when they recovered from a nine-wicket loss in Ahmedabad to claim a 10-wicket win in Wankhede and a seven-wicket success at Eden Gardens before a draw in Nagpur.

On their last visit in 2020/21, England suffered a 3-1 defeat, which came four years after a 4-0 humbling.

India v England Test series head-to-head record

There have been 131 Test matches played between England and India since they first met in 1932. 

England have won 50 of them, India have been victorious in 31 and there have been 50 draws.

Who looks set to star for India?

India will be hoping they can improve their batting after some poor performances during their two-Test series in South Africa.

The tourists mustered totals of 245 and 131 in an innings defeat in the First Test at Centurion and posted just 155 in their first go in Cape Town after they had dismissed their hosts for just 55 on an extraordinary first day that saw the fall of 23 wickets.

Mohammed Siraj was the pick of the bowlers with 6-15, which should boost his confidence for the forthcoming England series, and they should still be able to rely on superstar Virat Kohli, who scored 46 in Cape Town before India lost their final five wickets without scoring.

He may feel he has to do it all on his own after a 76 in the second innings at Centurion, but skipper Rohit Sharma will be determined to contribute.

Who will be playing for England?

Ben Stokes leads a 16-man squad to India and three uncapped players have been called up.

The skipper has recently undergone a knee operation, but Somerset off-spinner Shoaib Bashir will be hoping to impress having taken just 10 first-class wickets in his fledgling career.

Lancashire left-arm spinner Tom Hartley and Surrey’s quick bowler Gus Atkinson will be hoping to feature with the red ball having previously played in limited-overs internationals.

Jack Leach is fit again after missing the Ashes and Ben Foakes has been recalled after being dropped for that series.

Leicestershire’s Rehan Ahmed completes the spin options but there is no place for Chris Woakes.

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