All-rounder Ben Stokes will lead England in the match, which will begin at the Ageas Bowl Southampton on Wednesday in a bio-secure environment amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
England's Jack Leach reveals having coronavirus-like symptoms during South Africa tour, says he is 'healthy and fit' now
Jack Leach had returned home from South Africa in January after struggling to recover from sepsis (immune system's over reaction to infection). He also contracted flu before the Centurion Test.
England vs West Indies: Spinner Amar Virdi confident of being picked up in hosts' squad for Test series
Virdi, who has taken 69 wickets in his 23 first class matches at an average of 28.78, says his strength lies in his aggression as he is always looking for wickets.
England vs West Indies: Former pacer Steve Harmison backs out-of-favour spinner Moeen Ali’s inclusion in hosts’ playing XI for Tests
Former pacer Steve Harmison wants England to pick off-spinner Moeen Ali for the opening Test of the three-game series against the West Indies beginning at Southampton on 8 July.
Sri Lanka vs England: Visitors recall Keaton Jennings, Ben Foakes ahead of two-Test tour; James Anderson misses out with rib injury
Foakes has played five Tests for England, making his debut against Sri Lanka in Galle in 2018 while Jennings, who has two centuries in the sub-continent, was last involved in their tour of West Indies last year
Virat Kohli consolidates No 1 spot, Ajinkya Rahane moves to eighth place; Jasprit Bumrah leads among Indian bowlers in ICC Test rankings
Kohli has 928 points, 17 more than second-placed Australian run-machine Steve Smith.
South Africa vs England: Spinner Jack Leach ruled out of Test series after failing to regain match fitness following illness
Leach contracted sepsis on the tour to New Zealand last year and has suffered from bouts of gastroenteritis and flu in South Africa
South Africa vs England: Opener Dominic Sibley latest from visitors' camp to fall sick; Chris Woakes, Jack Leach show progress
Opener Dominic Sibley has joined the growing list of England players and staff stuck down by illness in South Africa, the England and Wales Cricket Board said in a media release on Monday.
South Africa vs England: Visitors ponder over all-seam attack in build-up to Test series opener at Centurion
England are considering an all-pace attack for the first Test against South Africa in Pretoria starting on Boxing Day, but their plans will depend on whether they can get Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad fully fit.
South Africa vs England: Joe Root and Co sweat over fitness of key bowlers ahead of Test series opener at Centurion
England bowlers Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad and Jack Leach did not make use of a last opportunity for a bowl in their warm-up match on Sunday, suggesting it could be a close call for their participation in the first Test against South Africa.
South Africa vs England: Craig Overton, Dominic Bess added to visitors' squad as cover after flu-like symptoms hit camp
Bowlers Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad and Jack Leach are among a host of squad members hit by ‘flu-like’ symptoms sweeping through the England camp.
Anderson, England’s top test wicket-taker with 575, suffered a right calf tear in the opening Ashes test against Australia in August before being ruled out of the series
New Zealand vs England: Joe Root and Co caught in two minds as Kiwis show importance of clear thinking
New Zealand played better cricket and deserved the win. But the key difference was the decision making. The Kiwis had clear batting and bowling plans, and they were generally effective.
Highlights, New Zealand vs England, 1st Test, Day 4 at Mount Maunganui, Full cricket score: Watling, Santner give hosts upper hand
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New Zealand vs England Highlights, 1st Test Day 2 at Mount Maunganui, Full Cricket Score: New Zealand trail by 209 runs with six wickets in hand
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New Zealand vs England, Highlights, 1st Test Day 1 at Mount Maunganui, Full cricket score: Visitors post 241-4 at stumps
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Essex crowned England's county champions after Ryan ten Doeschate's men see off spirited Somerset on final day
Essex won England's County Championship for the second time in three years after holding off a spirited charge by Somerset on the final day of the season
England speedster Jofra Archer earns central contract for Test, limited-overs cricket after stellar home season
The Barbados-born Archer, who only became England qualified earlier this year, is one of 10 players to receive a Test deal for the 2019/20 season
Ashes 2019: Joe Root lauds England's character as they overcome emotional loss in Manchester to level series at The Oval
'It is Ashes cricket,' Root said. 'Every game you turn up and you are playing for your country. It means so much to everyone. You can see at different periods someone wrestled it back into our favour.'
Ashes 2019: Matthew Wade's fighting ton goes in vain as Jack Leach, Stuart Broad help England level series with 135-run win
England crushed Australia by 135 runs in the fifth and final Ashes Test on Sunday to level the series at 2-2, ending their historic World Cup-winning season on a high.