Fans can watch the India vs. England cricket Test live online and see if the Men in Blue can put their off-the-pitch drama aside and defeat England and their new teenage wonder.
The teams meet in Rajkot on Wednesday for the beginning of a five-day Test match, with the daily start time scheduled for 9:30 a.m. IST (4 a.m. GMT). There will be television coverage of the match both in India and the U.K., and viewers unable to make it to a television will also be able to watch the match live online (a link to the streaming video can be found below).
For India, the Test match against England is a chance to move beyond the political drama that has embroiled the team. The Board of Control for Cricket in India had threatened to cancel the match due to a financial dispute, the BBC reported.
The BCCI was able to resolve the drama at the last minute, setting up what could be an intriguing match. England will see the debut of 19-year-old Haseeb Hameed, who will be just the second teenager to suit up for the English team in a Test match since 1949.
Hameed’s teammates said they were excited to see his debut on the big stage and against a formidable opponent.
“It’s a very exciting day for a young guy who’s impressed everyone so far on this trip,” captain Alastair Cook said before the first Test match between the two countries (via Cricket.com.au).
“You often wonder whether a 19-year-old coming on tour will be overawed, but he hasn’t been at all.
“Talking to (Lancashire coach) Ashley Giles and the selectors and people who are a very good judge of a player, it’s probably come a year earlier than he’d have thought, but that’s just the way he’s developed quickly.
“He’s one of those natural run-scorers. He should be very proud.”
Aside from the excitement of Hameed’s debut, there is also the intrigue of two of the sport’s oldest rivals renewing their series. The teams have been playing Test matches for the last 84 years, with many memorable series during that time.
Fans who watch the India vs. England cricket Test match live online will see an Indian team high on momentum from a successful series against New Zealand. The Indian team won the series 3-0, with the victories coming by margins of 197 runs, 178 runs, and 321 runs. The Indian team was sharp both bowling and at the bat, setting up what could be a difficult climb for an overmatched English team.
And the English squad seems keenly aware of their status against one of the best Test squads in the world.
“We are coming as massive underdogs, there’s no doubt about that,” England fast bowler Stuart Broad said (via IBT). “Obviously, India has got to No.1 in the world and played some brilliant cricket here, so we’re very aware that it’s a huge challenge.
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AN Cook*, MM Ali, JM Anderson, ZS Ansari, JM Bairstow†, JT Ball, GS Ballance, GJ Batty, SCJ Broad, JC Buttler†, BM Duckett, ST Finn, H Hameed, AU Rashid, JE Root, BA Stokes, CR Woakes
Fans who want to watch the India vs. England cricket Test live online can find streaming video of all five days through Hotstar. Streaming video of the match will also be available in the U.K. through Watch Sky Sports, in the United States and Canada through Willow TV Online, and in New Zealand on Sky Go NZ.
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