Captain will make his 100th Test appearance and knows his side face a tough series against No 2-ranked India
Two teams coming off the back of fine series wins, free-to-air coverage in the UK on Channel 4, Joe Root’s 100th cap for England, the return of Virat Kohli to captain India – it makes for an intoxicating cocktail when pondering Friday’s blockbuster first Test in Chennai.
The Chepauk Stadium, scene of the first half of this four-match series, is not exactly flush with recent happy memories for England, it must be said. Neil Foster’s 11-wicket haul prevailed there in 1985 but there have been three defeats since and two by an innings. In 2016, after a cyclone blew in from the Bay of Bengal during the buildup, Karun Nair’s whirlwind triple-century and a fifth-day meltdown with the bat completed a 4-0 win for India that led to Alastair Cook quitting as Test captain.