Sports Desk, Amar Ujala, London
Published by: Rohit Raj
Updated Tue, 28 Jun 2022 03:42 PM IST
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The Test match between India and England will be played at Edgbaston from July 1 to 5. This match will be part of the Test series held last year. In August-September 2021, Team India was playing a five-Test series in England. Then the fifth match could not be held due to coronavirus. India was leading 2-1 for four Tests. Now there will be a fifth match at Edgbaston. Before that, England captain Ben Stokes has warned Team India.
Stokes defeated New Zealand 3–0 in his first Test series as full-time captain. The English team, which has been performing poorly in Tests for the last two years, has suddenly come into form. New coach Brendon McCullum and new captain Ben Stokes have given players the freedom to be aggressive. Stokes said before the fifth Test against India that his team’s spirit would not go down.
Stokes said, “Trust me when I say this. Our team will come together with this aggressive mindset. However, it is a different adversary. It (the fifth Test) will be completely different… different opponents, their attack and different players. We are just focusing on what we did well during the last three Tests. Will try to continue the same against India on Friday.
Only four members of the team that played against India last year are currently available in the England team. Olly Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and James Anderson were the only players who played against Team India last time. This time the English team is completely fresh. In such a situation, Team India can be in trouble. Stokes did not play then to focus on mental health.