They are playing really well: Rahul Dravid excited at prospect of facing Ben Stokes’s England in final Test


India will be playing the rescheduled fifth Test match against England in Edgbaston between 1-5 July.

Rahul Dravid with Rishabh Pant during South Africa series. (Courtesy: BCCI/PTI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • India lead the series 2-1 going into the final Test
  • India will be playing under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma
  • Senior India players are all in England training for the match

India will not lose intensity when they face England in the final Test match of the rescheduled five-match series. Much has changed between then and now, with both teams having different captains since the time the series actually began. India are led by Rohit Sharma, while England have made wholesale changes under the leadership of Ben Stokes.

Speaking in Bengaluru on Sunday, 19 June, India head coach Rahul Dravid said that the series is on the line for players who started the tour in 2021 and India will look to do well and win the series.

“In terms of the Test match, it is obviously going to be exciting,” Dravid said on Sunday in Bengaluru.

“For us it is a one-off Test match, but it’s WTC points. It’s a series on the line for the guys who played a part in it [last year], and they are very keen to try and win that series and do well. So looking forward to that,” he added.

England have done very well and look like a new team with an aggressive mindset. They have already defeated New Zealand in the three-match Test series, and have the lead of 2-0 going into Leeds for the final game.

Former captain Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and the veteran pace attack of James Anderson and Stuart Broad have been on song building up to the final Test match against India.

“It is always lovely a Test match in England; the crowds are going to be fantastic. You expect really good crowds in England when you play Test cricket there. And England is playing really well at the moment. I mean they are playing really good cricket,” Dravid said.

The India head coach further stated that this is a new England and he hopes that it will make for a good game of Test cricket.

“It’s probably a bit different to when we were there last year when England was probably a little bit on the back foot. But they have played couple of good games [against New Zealand], and we have got a pretty good squad as well. Hopefully, it will be a good match. [I] love watching Test cricket, love playing it, love coaching it. Looking forward to it,” Dravid said.



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