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1st Test: England were 159 for 8 in the first innings against India at Nottingham

In the opening test match of five-match series with England at Tent Bridge in Nottingham, England were 159 for 8 wicket when report last came in. Earlier the hosts won the toss and elected to bat.

Virat Kohli’s team is all set to square off with Joe Root’s team in this much-awaited encounter. This series will kick start the second edition of ICC World Test Championship, which will be played in 2021-23 cycle.

After Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan were ruled out even before the start of the series, opener Mayank Agarwal was declared unfit for the first Test after suffering a blow on the back of his head during a practice session on Monday.

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Now, In Mayank Agarwal’s absence, K.L. Rahul is likely to partner Rohit Sharma as an opener. India skipper Virat Kohli has hinted that the Indian team is facing a shortage of pace bowling all-rounders, India may field pacer Shardul Thakur.

Meanwhile, Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav left for the United Kingdom to join the Indian Test team. Flying in from Colombo, the duo is expected to straightaway head to Nottingham after reaching London and be on hard quarantine before they are available for selection.

In the England team, Ben Stokes took a break from cricket over mental health issue.

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