India will play a five match test series in England which starts from the ninth of July. Prior to that, India will play 2 warm up games. The two month long tour and the tour will end on the irst week of September. India will play five tests and the same number of One Day Internationals apart from a solitary T20 International in the tour.

There have been quite a few changes in the Indian squad. Gautam Gambhir has been included in the squad. As many as five pacers have been picked for the tournament. They are: Mohammed Shami, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Varun Aaron, Pankaj Singh and Ishant Sharma

The MS Dhoni led side will have a tough challenge in the tour. In India’s last tour to England in 2011, India was whitewashed in the four match test series. But the present English squad lack strength. England has just lost the test series against Sri Lanka and their batting strength is also decreased to an extent by the absence of Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott.

 

Recently, the English squad is also in an unbalanced state and also their captain’s recent form is being questioned which might be an advantage to India.

 

Indian Skipper, MS Dhoni said that his team is prepared. He added, “For quite a few players it’s a first tour to England but have had exposure in South Africa and New Zealand and have a few games behind them. It’s good we are going early so that we can get into the groove. It’s a long series and not very usual to play 5-Test match series. Overall, it’s looking good. We have got enough time to prepare.”

 

 Following is the detailed schedule of the series.

 

Below is the Test series schedule between India and England

Date

Match

Venue

Time

July 9-13

England vs India 1st Test

Trent Bridge, Nottingham

15:30 IST  I  11:oo local  I  10:00 GMT

July 17-21

England vs India 2nd Test

Lords, London

15:30 IST  I  11:oo local  I  10:00 GMT

July 27-31

England vs India 3rd Test

The Rose Bowl, Southampton

15:30 IST  I  11:oo local  I  10:00 GMT

August 7-11

England vs India 4th Test

Old Trafford, Manchester

15:30 IST  I  11:oo local  I  10:00 GMT

August 15-19

England vs India 5th Test

Kennington Oval, London

15:30 IST  I  11:oo local  I  10:00 GMT

 

Below is the ODI series schedule between India and England

Date

Match

Venue

Time

August 25

England vs India 1st ODI

County Ground, Bristol

15:00 IST  I  10:30 local  I  9:30 GMT

August 27

England vs India 2nd ODI

Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

15:00 IST  I  10:30 local  I  9:30 GMT

August 30

England vs India 3rd ODI

Trent Bridge, Nottingham

15:00 IST  I  10:30 local  I  9:30 GMT

September 2

England vs India 4th ODI

Edgbaston, Birmingham

15:00 IST  I  10:30 local  I  9:30 GMT

September 5

England vs India 5th ODI

Headingley, Leeds

15:00 IST  I  10:30 local  I  9:30 GMT

 

 India will end the series with a lone T20I

Date

Match

Venue

Time

September 7

England vs India only T20I

Edgbaston, Birmingham

19:30 IST  I  15:oo local  I  14:00 GMT

 

India squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c &wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Gautam Gambhir, Varun Aaron, Pankaj Singh, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishwar Pandey, Stuart Binny, Mohammed Shami.