Mumbai: The England cricket team led by Alastair Cook arrived in Mumbai on Wednesday from Bangladesh to engage hosts India in a five-Test series commencing at Rajkot on 9 November.
The tourists touched down around 3pm and reached their hotel in south Mumbai two hours later.
This is the sixth five-match Test rubber between the two countries and first in the country since the 1984-'85 series between the squads captained by Sunil Gavaskar and David Gower.
It was the very series in which Mohammed Azharuddin created world record with a hat-trick of tons in his first three Test matches.
The tourists are to stay in the metropolis for a few days and have one full practice session, scheduled at the Cricket Club of India's Brabourne Stadium on 5 November, before proceeding to Rajkot, venue of the opening clash.
The other matches are to be played in Vishakapatnam (17-21 November), also hosting a first-ever Test like Rajkot, Mohali (26-30 November), Mumbai (8-12 December) and Chennai (16-20 December).
On its previous Test tour of India, England came from behind to turn the tables on the hosts and emerge 2-1 victors in a four-Test series. Cook was the England captain then too.
England squad: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, Zafar Ansari, Johny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Gareth Batty, Stuart Broad, Jose Buttler, Ben Duckett, Steve Finn, H Hameed, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.