During the first test match against Hyderabad, England choose to bat first after winning the coin toss.

With the exception of Virat Kohli's absence, India's squad composition was practically complete and ready to be finalised.

Axar Patel was chosen as the third spinner, with Kohli missing from the series due to personal concerns.

Due to Kohli's absence, Shreyas Iyer was given the opportunity to play in the middle order of the batting order.

 KL Rahul will be playing as a specialist batsman, while KS Bharat will be responsible for wicketkeeping duties.

England's strategic approach to bowling will be intriguing as they only have one fast bowler, Mark Wood, in their lineup.

In the first unofficial Test in Ahmedabad, Rajat Patidar replaced Kohli and scored 111 runs in a two-day practice match and 151 runs for India A against the England Lions.