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India vs England: Visitors arrive for five-match Test series

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.

England captain Cook will hope his team can repeat the performance of 2012. Reuters

England captain Cook will hope his team can repeat the performance of 2012. Reuters

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.

Updated Date: Nov 02, 2016 19:50 PM

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