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Team India depart for England tour with baggage of hope

An 18-member Indian team led by captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni yesterday left for England to compete in the five-match Test series, starting at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on July 9.

Top row: India players MS Dhoni (left), Rohit Sharma, Gautam Gambhir and Varun Aaron bottom ROW: Virat Kohli (left), Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja and Cheteshwar Pujara at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai before their depature to England yesterday morning. Pic/PTI
Top row: India players MS Dhoni (left), Rohit Sharma, Gautam Gambhir and Varun Aaron bottom ROW: Virat Kohli (left), Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja and Cheteshwar Pujara at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai before their depature to England yesterday morning. Pic/PTI

The England tour commences on June 26 with a three-day game in Leicester. The visitors are to play one more warm-up game against Derbyshire (July 1-3).

The remaining Tests are to be played at Lord's (July 17-21), The Rose Bowl in Southampton (July 27-31), Old Trafford (August 7-11) and The Oval (August 15-19).

India lost all the four Tests in their previous tour in 2011.

India's Test squad

MS Dhoni (captain), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd Shami, Ishwar Pandey, Ishant Sharma, Stuart Binny, Varun Aaron, Wriddhiman Saha, Pankaj Singh.

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