England v India: BBC Sport pundits predict the winners

Joe Root and Virat Kohli


England captain Joe Root is fifth in the International Cricket Council Test rankings, and India counterpart Virat Kohli fourth
Venue: Trent Bridge Date: 4-8 August Time: 11:00 BST
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England and India meet in a five-Test series starting at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.

Fourth in the world against second in the world. Joe Root versus Virat Kohli. England’s record-breaking seamers against India’s top-class spinners.

England have been almost unbeatable on home soil – their series defeat by New Zealand in June was their first since 2014 – but India dished out a 3-1 hiding when they hosted Root’s side earlier this year.

England will be without Ben Stokes, their lynchpin of an all-rounder, while India lost three players through injury last week and have had another ruled out of the first Test with…