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England Men's Test Captain Joe Root with Ben Stokes ahead of the test series against India, in Chennai.

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Skipper Virat Kohli during the net session on Wednesday.

Team India during a practice session at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Wednesday.

Rishabh Pant, skipper Virat Kohli and KS Bharat during the training sesssion in MA Chidambaram Stadium on Wednesday.

Hardik Pandya trains ahead of the first Test.

Ravichandran Ashwin will be once again key to India's victory hopes.

England Men's Test Captain Joe Root during the practice session ahead of the test series against India, in Chennai.

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England Men's Test Captain Joe Root pays tribute to British Captain Tom Moore, who died aged 100 after being admitted to hospital with coronavirus, in Chennai.

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England's Jofra Archer during a training session at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.

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England's Rory Joseph Burns and Ollie Pope during a training session at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.

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England's Dom Sibley during a training session at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.

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England team cricketer Ben Foakes during a training session at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.

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England team cricketer Ben Foakes sanitizes his hands during a training session at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.

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English all-rounder Ben Stokes during a training session at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai.

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English all-rounder Ben Stokes (L) and pacer Jofra Archer during a training session at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai.

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England cricket team arrives at the airport ahead of the test series against India, in Chennai.

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A player of England cricket team gives his swab sample to a medic for COVID-19 test as he arrives at the airport ahead of the test series against India, in Chennai.

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England's and Rajasthan Royals' pacer Jofra Archer celebrates the wicket of Mandeep Singh of Kings XI Punjab during their Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, in Abu Dhabi.

Players, umpires take a knee in support of Black Lives Matter movement, just before play got under way during the England, West Indies first Test.

England's wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, right, dives to take the catch to dismiss Pakistan's Shaheen Afridi during the third day of the third cricket Test match between England and Pakistan, at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020.

The action post COVID-19 started with England and West Indies Series. Here England's Ben Stokes runs as West Indies' Kemar Roach attempts to retrieve the ball during Day 2's play of the second cricket Test at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Friday, July 17, 2020

West Indies' wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich dives to take the catch to dismiss England's Joss Buttler, second right, during the second day of the first cricket Test match between England and West Indies, at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England.

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Players and umpires took a knee before the start of 1st Test between England and West Indies in support of the Black Lives Matter movement at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, England, Monday, July 6, 2020.

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England'sDom Sibley, second left, leaves the field after being dismissed by West Indies Shannon Gabriel, second right, during the first day of the 1st cricket Test match between England and West Indies, at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, Wednesday July 8, 2020.

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West Indies players leave the dressing room the Ageas Bowl, Southampton to take field against England on Day 2 of the first Test on Wednesday (July 8, 20020).

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England captain Ben Stokes takes a catch in the slips during a nets session at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, Tuesday July 7, 2020.

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West Indies coach Phil Simmons, centre, speaks to his team members during a nets session at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, Tuesday July 7, 2020.

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West Indies captain Jason Holder during a nets session at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, England, Monday, July 6, 2020.

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Australia's Matthew Wade slides to hold his ground during the fourth day of the fifth Ashes test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019.

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England's Sam Curran celebrates taking the wicket of Australia's captain Tim Paine during the second day of the fifth Ashes test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019.

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England's Joe Denly leaves the pitch after he is caught by Australia's Steve Smith off the bowling of Australia's Peter Siddle during the third day of the fifth Ashes test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019.

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Australia's Marcus Harris is bowled by England's Stuart Broad during the fourth day of the fifth Ashes test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019.

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Australia's Steve Smith leaves the pitch after he is caught by England's Ben Stokes off the bowlng of England's Stuart Broad during the fourth day of the fifth Ashes test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019.

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Australia's Matthew Wade celebrates scoring a century (100 runs) during the fourth day of the fifth Ashes test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019.

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England players celebrate after winning the fifth Ashes test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019.

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England's Joe Root, left, and Australia's Tim Paine hold the trophy during the presentation ceremony on the forth day of the fifth Ashes cricket test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. England won the fifth test by 135 runs to draw the series but Australia will retain the ashes trophy.

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Australia's Tim Paine, centre, holds up the Ashes Urn during the presentation ceremony on the forth day of the fifth Ashes cricket test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. England won the fifth test by 135 runs to draw the series but Australia will retain the ashes trophy.

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Australia's Tim Paine kisses the Ashes Urn during the presentation ceremony on the forth day of the fifth Ashes cricket test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. England won the fifth test by 135 runs to draw the series but Australia will retain the ashes trophy.

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Australia missed the run out of Jack Leach, the England No. 11, and had a great shout for LBW against Stokes turned down having already wasted their second review. An emotional Stokes made Australia pay, hitting Pat Cummins through cover for a boundary four to complete a thrilling win.

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Stokes continued to bat sensibly, reaching his second century of the series.

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After Root (77) got out early on Day 4, Stokes and Jonny Bairstow (not in pic) batted through valiantly, the former taking 83 balls to reach double figures, but England fell apart in the afternoon.

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In reply, England's Joe Root and Joe Denly scored battling half-centuries but Australia remained on course to retain the Ashes after Hazlewood (not in pic) struck twice on Day 3.

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A third successive half-century from Labuschagne (80) helped Australia post 246 in their second innings, setting England a mammoth target of 359.

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England's batting frailties were once again exposed as they bundled out for 67. For Australia, seamer Josh Hazlewood took five wickets.

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Jofra Archer starred for England, returning figures of 6/45.

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Marnus Labuschagne was the other Aussie batsman to hit a fifty. He fell for 74.

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After being asked to bat, Australia failed to get going and were bowled out for 179. Opener David Warner scored 61 - ending a run of four consecutive single-figure scores in the Ashes.

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Ben Stokes hit a stunning unbeaten century as England defeated Australia by one wicket to win an epic third Test at Headingley on Sunday (August 25) and kept the Ashes alive.

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A half-century from Smith's replacement Marnus Labuschagne proved valuable as Australia drew the second Test and maintained their 1-0 lead.

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Archer had a fantastic debut, finishing with five wickets.

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Archer provided England early optimism when he removed David Warner and Usman Khawaja early.

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Rain prevented play from starting for 70 minutes (on Day 5) before Ben Stokes' century took England to 258/5d, setting the visitors a target of 267.

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Smith did not return to the field at the start of the fifth day and Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed the former captain will sit out the rest of the Test because of concussion.

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Smith, who was nearing a century, got injured after being struck on the neck by a fierce delivery from Jofra Archer, though returned to bat on Day 4. The 30-year-old was eventually dismissed on 92, as Australia made 250 all out - eight shy of England's first-innings total. The hosts then extended their lead to 104 by the close of play.

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In reply, Australia were in trouble at 102/5 before Steve Smith's half-century revived their innings.

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Pat Cummins also grabbed three scalps to restrict England to 258.

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After rain washed out first day's play, Australia, on Day 2, won the toss and opted to field. Josh Hazlewood, who replaced James Pattinson, took three wickets.

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Australia's Usman Khawaja bats during day one of the first Ashes Test cricket match. Since making his return from injury, Khawaja also fell to pressure from the English bowlers just like Warner, Cameron Bancroft.

England's Stuart Broad celebrates after the dismissal of Australia's David Warner. Warner could only notch two runs off 14 balls.

Steve Smith was his side's star. With his 144-run knock, he managed to anchor Australia to 284 (all out).

Ben Stokes will be key to England's chances at the Ashes.

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England have not been beaten in an Ashes series on home soil since 2001.

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England's Eoin Morgan, right, and teammates celebrate with the trophy at the Oval in London, one day after they won the Cricket World Cup in a final match against New Zealand.

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England's Eoin Morgan, centre, and teammates celebrate with the trophy at the Oval in London one day after they won the Cricket World Cup in a final match against New Zealand.

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England's Liam Plunkett, centre, stretches with team mates during a training session at Lord's cricket ground in London.

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England's Ben Stokes, left, and England's Jofra Archer, right, stretch during a training session at Lord's cricket ground in London. England will play Australia in a World Cup cricket match at Lord's.

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