1. India’s Test record at Edgbaston
England have played 53 Tests at this venue, winning 28 of them losing 10 and drawing the remaining 15. On the other hand, India have played 7 matches at Edgbaston and lost 6 of them and drawn 1. So, England have a good advantage going to the 5th Test -- 6-0 no less.
2. India updated Test squad
Jasprit Bumrah (captain), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, KS Bharat (wk).
3. Birmingham weather — July 1 to 5
The English weather is quite the unpredictable child. Predictions can be thrown to winds in a jiffy as weather pattern goes for a toss here. But here we are giving you the general forecast and weather report for five match days during the India vs England 5th Test. July 1, Match Day 1: There are 55 per cent of chances of rain on Day 1 of the Test with the temperature hovering around 20 degrees, which is the common temperature in England at this time.
July 2, Match Day 2: There is 69 per cent of rain on Day 2 of the Test. So, we can expect another truncated day.
July 3, Match Day 3: There is only 16 per cent chances of rain on Day 3 but it is predicted to be a heavily cloudy day.
July 4, Match Day 4: The Day 4 of the Test has only 4 per cent chances of the rain with occasional cloudy periods marking the play.
July 5, Match Day 5: The final Day of the Test perhaps offers the best day too with only 2 per cent chances of rain. Temperature too goes a notch above at 21 degrees with plenty of sun. Hopefully, the match lasts that long.
4. The series scenario
India are leading the series 2-1 at the time it was suspended in 2021 after a Covid-19 surge in India camp wherein players and support staff were tested positive. There was no other option but to shelve the series temporarily to find a date at a late time.