August 1, 2018 / 10:02 AM / in 2 months

England win toss, to bat first against India

(Reuters) - England captain Joe Root won the toss and chose to bat in the opening test of the five match series against India at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Wednesday.

Cricket - England & India Nets & Press Conference - Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britain - July 31, 2018 England's Joe Root shares a joke with Head of Team Communications Danny Reuben during the photocall Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

“Looks a good surface. Some moisture which should burn off, looks good to bat... The selectors gave us good options and I am happy with the personnel we have,” Root said.

Cricket - England Press Conference - Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britain - July 31, 2018 England's Joe Root during a press conference Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

India have opted to leave out batsman Cheteshwar Pujara in favour of Lokesh Rahul, who has been in fine form in recent months.

Teams

England - Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (captain), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

India - Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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