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England vs India 1st Test Preview & Tips - Kohli tipped to star in India win

  • England vs India predictions for the 1st Test match on Wednesday
  • The match will be played in Nottingham at 11:00 BST
  • Virat Kohli averaged close to 60 on his last tour of England
  • Will Kohli's form in the UK continue?
  • Tips, team news, stats & preview
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India are backed to win the 1st Test in Nottingham (Getty Images)

England vs India Preview & Tips

England have shown serious batting frailties in recent series’ while India have been impressive all year. My best bet is for Virat Kohli to score over 32.5 runs while there is plenty of value on an Indian win with the bookies making England favourites. 
  • England vs India Preview & Tips
  • Head to Head
  • England Form 
  • England Team News
  • India Form
  • India Team News
  • England vs India FAQ

  • England’s Rory Burns has scored 132 & 81 runs in the first innings of his last 2 Test matches.
  • India’s Rishabh Pant averages 56 runs per innings in his last 7 Test matches.
  • India’s Rishabh Pant has scored 25+ runs in 7 of his last 11 Test innings’.
  • India’s Virat Kohli averaged 59.3 on his last tour to England.
  • India’s Virat Kohli scored 40+ runs in 7 of his last 10 innings away against England.
  • India have won 4 of this last 6 Test matches.
  • India beat England 3-1 in their last series.

Head to Head

India beat England 3-1 in their most recent Test series in March this year. That series took place in India as England took a 1-0 lead but lost the subsequent three matches by convincing margins.

England Form 

England have lost four of their last five Test matches while they drew one match. The drawn fixture was the 1st Test against New Zealand, a match England would have in all likelihood lost were it not for inclement weather.

In their last Test match, England batted first in Birmingham against New Zealand. Rory Burns and Dan Lawrence scored 81 runs each in a total of 303. Stuart Broad took four wickets to restrict New Zealand to 388 runs, an 85-run lead.

Unfortunately England collapsed to 122 all out in the second innings. That left New Zealand 40 runs to win, a total the Black Caps reached with eight wickets to spare.

England Team News

Ben Stokes has ruled himself out of the series as he looks to take a break from the game. Craig Overton has been called up to the squad as an allrounder replacement.

Ollie Robinson is also back in the squad after a terrific debut against New Zealand. After three years in the wilderness, Haseeb Hameed will hope for another starting opportunity.

India Form

India will be full of confidence heading into this series. Late last year and early this year they defeated Australia away 2-1 in a Test series. That was followed by a 3-1 home win against England.

While their season has gone well, India did lose the World Test Championship final to New Zealand in their last match. India batted first at the Rose Bowl in Southampton but only managed 217 runs.

A good bowling effort helped limit the damage as New Zealand were bowled out for 249 runs in a rain affected match. Mohammed Shami took four wickets. With a 32-run deficit, India could only muster 170 runs, leaving New Zealand 138 to win.

The Black Caps successfully chased the runs down to win by eight wickets.

India Team News

India’s opening batsman, Mayank Agarwal has been ruled out of the match with concussion. Other than that, India are expected to be at full strength.

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We're backing Virat Kohli to score over 32.5 runs after a superb tour of England last time out. The captain is also tipped to top score for India in the first innings and lead the visitors to victory.

Rory Burns was the only consistent performer for England in their last series. He offers value in the best England first innings batsman market.

Best Bet: Kohli Over 32.5 Runs Over/Under Runs @1.83 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Best India Batsman 1st Innings Tip: Virat Kohli Best India 1st Innings Batsman @3.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit
Match Result Tip: India Win Result @4.20 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Best England 1st Innings Batsman Tip: Rory Burns Best England 1st Innings Batsman @5.50 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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