England have not lost a home Test cricket series since 2014, as CricInfo records, and they have not experienced defeat on English soil in a Test series of more than two matches since 2012, but that admirable streak will be seriously challenged starting on Wednesday, when the world's top-ranked Test team, India, opens an epic five-match series with the first Test that will live stream from Birmingham.
The Test will open only the ninth five-match series for India since 1982, per CricInfo, and a chance for Captain Virat Kohli to cement his team's position as the dominant Test side in the world, the 29-year-old told Fox Sports.
"We are very happy with number one ranking in the world but our main challenge begins now," Kohli said. "If we can conquer the overseas season, that's when you will see a broader smile on my face when I sit down for the press conference."
While England's white ball teams under Captain Eoin Morgan have continued to impress — with the one day international squad holding the world's top ICC ranking — the test team under Skipper Joe Root has floundered, winning just one out of its last win Test matches, The Guardian reports.
Root took over from England's longest-serving captain, Alastair Cook, after the team took a 4-0 Test series drubbing from India in India in late 2016, The Guardian reported.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the first Test of the epic, five-match series between England and India, with England hoping to topple the world's Number 1 Test side, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. First ball is scheduled for 11 a.m. British Summer Time on Wednesday, August 1, at the revered Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham, England.
In India, that start time will be 3:30 p.m. India Standard Time, while in the United States, cricket fans will need to get up early — or stay up late — to watch the Test match live stream at 6 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 3 a.m. Pacific.
Spinner Adil Rashid has been called up for his first home Test match, which will also be Rashid's first as the sole spinner in a Test bowling corps, as England has left Rashid's mentor Moeen Ali out of the side for the Edgbaston match.
For India, Kuldeep Yadav is expected to remain on the bench, though he has ben included in India's Test side, while "spin twins" Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will shoulder the burden of holding back the England batting attack.
Watch England Captain Joe Root discuss the first Test match against India in the video below courtesy of The Guardian newspaper.In the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, the England vs. India first Test cricket match of 2018 will be broadcast by Sky Sports Cricket. To access a live stream, fans in the U.K. and in Ireland require a Sky Sports subscription. Subscribers then need to register for the satellite network's Sky Cricket streaming service, which is free, but fans must fill out some basic information to obtain a Sky login.
Fans in India who want to live stream the Test match should check out Sony Liv.
To watch a live stream of the series-opening international Test cricket action in the five-match England vs. India series in the United States, the best option is to sign up for a one-week free trial of the Sling TV international sports package. The package includes Willow TV, which will carry live streaming video of the opening ODI match. A credit card will be required, but if the Sling package is canceled prior to the end of the seven-day period, no charges will be incurred.