India vs England 1st Test: England win the toss and bat, hosts pick Shahbaz Nadeem and Washington Sundar

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A last-minute injury to all-rounder Axar Patel has opened the door for Shahbaz Nadeem’s return to the Indian Test team for the first Test against England in Chennai from Friday (February). After making his India debut back in October 2019 in a innings and 202-run win over South Africa in Ranchi, left-arm spinner Nadeem will be taking part in his second Test against England.

England skipper Joe Root, playing in his 100th Test, won the toss and chose to bat first on the Chepauk surface. Ollie Pope comes into the England side to replace the injured Zak Crawley while James Anderson continued to play ahead of Stuart Broad as the visitors chose to give Jofra Archer his first cap in a Test in India.

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