England players arrive in Chennai for India Test series

Members of the England cricket team, including captain Joe Root, arrived in Chennai on Wednesday.

England will play four Tests in India. - GETTY IMAGES (FILE)

Members of the England cricket team, including captain Joe Root, arrived in Chennai on Wednesday to play in the Test series against India. Some Indian players and members of the support staff also landed here, airport sources said.

Chennai will host the first two Tests of the four-Test series, with the rest of the matches scheduled for Ahmedabad.

Root & Co. flew in from Sri Lanka at around 10.30 AM and headed to the hotel where members of the two teams will be put up as part of the bio-bubble, a Tamil Nadu Cricket Association official said.

The England team had on Monday completed a 2-0 series sweep of the Tests against Sri Lanka with Root slamming two big centuries. Star all-rounder Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer arrived in the city on Sunday and are in quarantine.

While a few Indian players, including star batsman Rohit Sharma and Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, arrived on Tuesday night, some others like Cheteshwar Pujara, Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant reached on Wednesday morning.

Team coach Ravi Shastri flew in from Mumbai as did several other players from destinations across the country. Skipper Virat Kohli is scheduled to arrive later on Wednesday.

 

The players of the two teams will be staying at Hotel Leela Palace in a bio-bubble as part of quarantine protocols and will undergo testing for COVID-19, the TNCA official said. “They will be in quarantine for six days and are set to start practising from February 2,” the official added.

The first Test will be played at the MA Chidambaram stadium from February 5 and the second from February 13.

Chennai last hosted a Test in December 2016 against England.