In cricket, the fitness of a player has now become the paramount factor in them finding a place in the national squad. To judge a player’s fitness, several cricket boards, including the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has made it mandatory for the players to clear the Yo-Yo fitness test.
Recently, the English cricket team attempted the Yo-Yo test to prove their fitness ahead of the of the five-match series against India. The team posted a video on their official Instagram account in which Alastair Cook and James Anderson were seen taking the test together. The pacer managed to run between both the set points without any effort, however, batsman Cook found it bit difficult as he almost collapsed by the end of it.
Cook was then patted on the back by teammates for his attempt.
The first Test between hosts England and India will start from August 1, 2018, at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. England and India have met 57 times in England in Tests. Out of these, England registered a win on 30 occasions while India on 6 occasions, with 21 matches ending in a draw.
England: Joe Root (C), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, and James Porter.
India: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammed Shami.
Injury scare: Indian pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are set to miss the 1st Test owing to their respective injuries.