2021 was predicted as a year filled with action-packed T20 cricket. But with the suspension of the Indian T20 League midway through the tournament and the uncertainty looming over the T20 World Cup, it is going to be the oldest format of the game – Test cricket, that can keep us engrossed for the remainder of the year.
There’s plenty of high-profile Test cricket to be played in 2021 and we have handpicked three marquee series that will be the flag bearers of the sport this year.
WORLD TEST CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
For the first time ever in Test cricket, there would be a World Test Championship in the country where the sport originated. World’s number one Test side, India will lock horns against the second-ranked team New Zealand to decide which nation is the ultimate king of the purest form of the game.
The match is due to take place at Southampton from June 18-22. India have already named their squad for the final as well as the tour to England while Team New Zealand have already travelled to the UK and have a two-match Test series against England before the final.
It promises to be a cracker of an encounter and Southampton awaits a classic in the making.
INDIA’S TOUR OF ENGLAND
Post the World Test Championship Final, India have a five-match Test series against England starting from August 4. India haven’t won a series in England since 2007, and after the 4-1 drubbing in 2018, Virat Kohli and his team would be eyeing revenge this time around.
England, on the other hand, struggled quite a bit in their recent series in India and felt a little hard done by with the kind of wickets that were prepared during the five-match series in India. They’d certainly be looking to make India uncomfortable on green seamers in the coming Pataudi Trophy series. We could witness Test cricket in its most glorious form in the beautiful summer of England.
Is there any series in Test cricket that has more significance than the Ashes? The answer is most definitely not. Ashes cricket is the pinnacle of Test cricket and it has been for many years. The official dates for Ashes 2021 aren’t out yet but it is scheduled to start in December, in the Australian summer.
England are playing plenty of cricket before the Ashes series, while on the contrary, Australia have a packed limited-overs leg before this high profile series. The build-up for the series has already begun Down Under and the host nation seems to be under tremendous pressure going into this series. Last summer was a serious lesson taught to Justin Langer and Co by Team India. England would be looking to take notes from that series and execute the plans efficiently as this Australian team is there for the taking.
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