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England wins toss, opts to bat against India

England skipper Alastair Cook won the toss and decided to bat first against India in the first test of the five-match series at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here this morning.

England wins toss, opts to bat against India
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England skipper Alastair Cook and Indian Skipper Virat Kohli

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This was for the first time when the India skipper lost a toss in home soil since gaining captaincy.

While the visiting side has included three seamers and three spinners in their playing eleven on a surface which looks good for batting for the first two days, India will be playing with five bowlers with just two pacers.

The kohli-led home side will have to at least draw the series against England to remain at the number one Test spot at the end of this year.

Teams

India: M Vijay, G Gambhir, C Pujara, V Kohli (C), A Rahane, R Ashwin, W Saha, R Jadeja, Md Shami, U Yadav, A Mishra

England: A Cook (C), H Hameed, J Root, B Duckett, M Ali, B Stokes, J Bairstow?, C Woakes, Z Ansari, A Rashid, S Broad

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