Birmingham: England won the toss and decided to bat first against India in the opening Test of the five-match series here today. India included in-form KL Rahul in place of seasoned Cheteshwar Pujara, who is yet to score a fifty this season. The visitors are going in with single spinner in Ravichandran Ashwin.
India: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (capt.), Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma
England: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (capt.), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.