For India, veteran pacer Ishant Sharma and seasoned left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem are back in the playing 11 along with regular skipper Virat Kohli who is back from paternity break.
India has made four changes in its India playing 11 from its previous match as England won the toss and elected to bat in the first Test against India at the M A Chidambaram stadium, Chennai on Friday.
For India, veteran pacer Ishant Sharma
and seasoned left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem are back in the playing 11 along with regular skipper Virat Kohli
who is back from paternity break.
Root is playing the 100th Test match of his career after having made his debut during the series against India in 2012.
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India: Virat Kohli
(captain), Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishab Pant (wk), R Ashwin, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Shahbaz Nadeem.
England: Joe Root
(captain), Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Ollie Pope, Dan Lawrence, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler
(wk), Jofra Archer, Dom Bess, James Anderson, Jack Leach.
The first Test will be played behind closed doors, while the second Test will have 50 per cent crowd in attendance, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) secretary confirmed on Tuesday.
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India vs England head-to-head
India vs England head-to-head in India (Tests)
India won: 26
England won: 47
IND vs ENG head-to-head in Chennai
Total matches played: 60
India won: 19
England won: 13
India and England have faced each other in 9 Test matches at 'Chepauk', with the hosts registering five wins and England winning three matches. The Test match in 1982 ended in a draw.
ICC World Test Championship
The India vs England 4-match Test series is also a part of ICC World Test Championship
(WTC). Both the teams are fighting for a finals spot in the WTC, scheduled to take place on June 18-22 at the Lord's cricket ground.
New Zealand on Tuesday had become the first team to qualify for the inaugural ICC WTC final as the Test series between Australia and South Africa was postponed. The Kiwis will now be joined by either India, England or Australia in the WTC finals.
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Here are the squads of both the teams:
India squad for 1st and 2nd Tests: Virat Kohli
(captain), Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha
(wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel.
England squad for 1st and 2nd Tests:
Joe Root, Jofra Archer, Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler(only for 1st
Test), Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.