Where to watch India vs England live stream, TV channel, start time and schedule for 1st Test series

England’s journey under Kiwi coach Brendon McCullum is still in a developmental phase, with their signature “BazBall “style winning new fans and detractors both at home and the world over. After coming close to an Ashes victory in 2023, but ultimately drawing the series, England take on India in their first test of the new year looking to get 2024 off to the perfect start.

The five-Test series, which begins at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday, January 25, is part of the wider ICC World Test Championship between 2023 and 2025, with England currently sitting a lowly seventh in the rankings following two wins and defeats apiece, alongside the drawn Ashes campaign in Australia.

India, on the other hand, lie second in the table behind Australia, but have only played four tests so far in the campaign compared to nine for the 2023 ICC World Cup winners. Test captain Rohit Sharma’s side come into this match just days after drawing a two-game series in South Africa, with their expectant fans hoping for a strong showing on home soil.

England have sent a strong squad with spinners aplenty to Hyderabad, and The Sporting News has all the details for viewers in both the UK and US to catch all the action from this five-Test series.

When is the 1st Test of the India vs England series?

The first Test gets underway at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad, India on Thursday, January 25 2024. The first ball will be bowled at 9:30 a.m. local time on each day of the series opener.

This time slot translates to 4 a.m. GMT for UK-based England fans, with the match taking place overnight in the US on the previous day, Wednesday January 24.

Day First Ball (Local Time) UK (GMT) US (ET) US (PT)
Day 1 Thu, Jan. 25 – 9:30 a.m. Thu, Jan. 25 – 4:00 a.m. Wed, Jan. 24 – 11:00 p.m. Wed, Jan. 24 – 8:00 p.m.
Day 2 Fri, Jan. 26 – 9:30 a.m. Fri, Jan. 26 – 4:00 a.m. Thu, Jan. 25 – 11:00 p.m. Thu, Jan. 25 – 8:00 p.m.
Day 3 Sat, Jan. 27 – 9:30 a.m. Sat, Jan. 27 – 4:00 a.m. Fri, Jan. 26 – 11:00 p.m. Fri, Jan. 26 – 8:00 p.m.
Day 4 Sun, Jan. 28 – 9:30 a.m. Sun, Jan. 28 – 4:00 a.m. Sat, Jan. 27 – 11:00 p.m. Sat, Jan. 27 – 8:00 p.m.
Day 5 Mon, Jan. 29 – 9:30 a.m. Mon, Jan. 29 – 4:00 a.m. Sun, Jan. 28 – 11:00 p.m. Sun, Jan. 28 – 8:00 p.m.

India vs England 1st Test series TV channel, live stream

Country TV Channel Streaming
UK TNT Sports discovery+
US Willow TV, Sling

UK: TNT Sports secured the rights to show live coverage of the first Test just nine days before the first ball is bowled, while streaming of all the action will also be available via discovery+.

US: Willow TV has exclusive rights of the Test series for fans Stateside which is available to stream on Sling, and also includes Willow TV for more content from the world of cricket. New subscribers can get their first month subscription for just $10.

India vs England Test series dates

Test Location Dates
1st Test Hyderabad Thursday, January 25 – Monday, January 29
2nd Test Visakhapatnam Friday, February 2 – Tuesday, February 6
3rd Test Rajkot Thursday, February 15 – Monday, February 19
4th Test Ranchi Friday, February 23 – Tuesday, February 27
5th Test Dharmshala  Thursday, March 7 – Monday, March 11

Who is in India Test squad to face England?

Rohit Sharma and vice-captain Jasprit Burma lead India’s squad into the first Test, which has been rocked by the late withdrawal of high-scoring batter Virat Kohli for personal reasons just days out from the opening ball. 30-year-old Rajat Patidar has been brought in as Kohli’s replacement, and will make his Test debut following a first ODI appearance against South Africa in December.

Kohli will be back in contention to play following the conclusion of the second Test, while India have also selected three wicketkeepers to England’s two, with KL Rahul, KS Bharat and debutant Dhruv Jurel all set to rotate behind the stumps throughout the five matches across the country.

India squad: Rohit Sharma (captain), Jasprit Bumra (vice-captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, KS Bharat (wicketkeeper), Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Dhruv Jurel (wicketkeeper), Avesh Khan, Virat Kohli*, Mukesh Kumar, Axar Patel, Rajat Patidar, KL Rahul (wicketkeeper), Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav.

Who is in England Test squad to face India?

While the free-scoring “BazBall” style England have adopted under Brendon McCullum could really come into its own in the right conditions on the subcontinent, all the talk from England’s squad selection has come in the field of bowlers. 41-year-old James Anderson gears up for a 22nd campaign with his country, and is joined in the squad by two left-arm spinners in Dan Hartley and Jack Leach

Ben Stokes leads the England side into battle minus one of his key run-getters in the batting order, with Harry Brook withdrawing from the squad for personal reasons. Dan Lawrence comers in for the Yorkshireman, while spinner Shoaib Bashir has also returned home from the team’s Abu Dhabi camp following visa issues, denying him the chance to make his England debut in the first Test.

England squad: Ben Stokes (captain), Ollie Pope (vice-captain), Rehan Ahmed, James Anderson, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Shoaib Bashir*, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes (wicketkeeper), Tom Hartley, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Mark Wood.

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