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Kohli's India Face England With Lord's Test Final At Stake

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By AFP News
February 03, 2021 • 14:50 PM View: 1484

New dad Virat Kohli returns to captain a buoyant India against England as they aim to build on their crushing win over Australia by sealing a place in the World Test Championship final.

Kohli, who welcomed a baby daughter last month, missed most of the Australia series on paternity leave as Ajinkya Rahane led an injury-ravaged side from 0-1 down to a sensational 2-1 away win.

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Next up is the much-anticipated four-game series against Joe Root's England, who are also on a winning streak after beating Sri Lanka 2-0 on their first Test tour since the pandemic.

However, India will start as strong favorites on their spin-friendly home pitches, where England haven't won a Test since 2012.

The hosts will also expect to clinch their place in the inaugural World Test Championship final in June at Lord's, where New Zealand awaits. India tops the table followed by New Zealand, Australia, and England. The Black Caps reached the final when Australia called off their tour of South Africa over coronavirus concerns.


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