IND vs ENG: Ravi Shastri welcomed the players with an “exciting address” when Team India hit the nets.© BCCI / Twitter
Team India stepped up preparations for the first test against England, which began on February 5 with their first net session on Tuesday in Chennai. Head coach Ravi Shastri addressed the players surrounding the coach in MA Chidambaram Stadium. “Day 1 of our Netting Session in Chennai and it is Head Coach @RaviShastriOfc welcoming the group with an exciting address,” said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in a tweet, posting two photos of the team.
– BCCI (@BCCI) February 2, 2021
Earlier on Monday, the Indian players took to the ground for the first time after completing their quarantine and returning negative COVID-19 tests.
Virat Kohli, Mohammed Siraj, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, R Ashwin, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah and Axar Patel, among others, were warmed up last night.
The second Test of the series will also be played in Chennai and starts on February 13th.
The last two tests of the series will be played in Ahmedabad and the BCCI is considering allowing fans into the stadiums for the three games.
The second test will be in front of 50 percent of the public, Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) secretary RS Ramasaamy told ANI news agency Monday.
“We spoke to the BCCI, we are getting official approval for 50 percent fans today,” Ramasaamy said Monday.
The tests will be followed by five T20Is – all in Ahmedabad at the new Motera Stadium – and three ODIs in Pune.
The England team also completed their quarantine on Monday and all players reacted negatively. On Tuesday they will train in a group for the first time.
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