Stokes looks to bigger picture before long-delayed England v India finale

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Both sides are much changed for an Edgbaston Test that will decide the 2021 series that was curtailed due to Covid

The next time someone talks about the future of Test cricket in sombre tones, as if its decline is as inevitable as coastal erosion, point them to the rearranged fifth Test between England and India that gets under way in leafy south Birmingham on Friday.

Granted, the sands are shifting elsewhere in the world. But India pitch up in whites this week because to not complete last year’s series – one the tourists led 2-1 when Covid entered their camp ahead of the Old Trafford finale – would have left a £40m black hole. In these parts, whatever the short-form enthusiasts say, Test cricket is still king.

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Written by Ali Martin
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/jun/30/stokes-looks-to-bigger-picture-ahead-of-long-delayed-india-series-finale-cricket under the title “Stokes looks to bigger picture before long-delayed England v India finale”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.