India vs England 2021: how to watch TV coverage of 4th cricket Test match in the UK, start time and fixtures

England’s cricketers look to end their 2021 winter Test match series in India on a high – here’s how you can watch the action unfold at the Motera Stadium

By Matt Brooks
Thursday, 4th March 2021, 9:16 am

The fourth and final chapter of England’s 2021 Test match series in India is underway at the Motera in Ahmedabad.

The tourists will be looking to end the series as they began it - with a win - which would level the contest after consecutive defeats to the hosts.

Joe Root’s side were well beaten in the third Test as 30 wickets fell inside five sessions to conclude the match in two extraordinary days’ play.

The Motera ground was officially renamed the Narendra Modi Stadium at the beginning of the third test, after India’s current prime minister who is from the same Gujarat state. It will be the setting for the fourth Test between India vs England. (Pic: Getty Images)

The captain shone with the ball on a turning track which caused much debate regarding the state of the wicket for the scheduled five-day match.

Viewers can tune in to see how England fare this time around when the fourth Test starts this week.

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When is the next India vs England Test match?

The fourth Test match of the series between India and England will begin on Thursday 4 March 2021.

It is the last chance England have of impressing in the Test series, which they trail 2-1, before the white ball action begins.

What time does India vs England start?

After a day-night Test, it is back to a standard start time for England’s cricketers in India for the fourth and final match of the series.

A return to daytime cricket means an earlier start for viewers in England wanting to watch the action unfold from the first ball of the morning.

The day’s play will begin at 4am (UK time) as India is five-and-a-half hours ahead of the UK, due to the different time zones around the world.

Where will India vs England take place?

The impressive Motera Stadium, in Ahmedabad, will be the setting for the fourth Test between India and England, which begins on 4 March 2021.

The ground was renamed the Narendra Modi Stadium at the beginning of the third test, after India’s current prime minister who is from the same state (Gujarat).

Cricket has been played on the ground since 1983 before a series of renovations led to a complete demolition in 2015 and rebuild, opened in February 2020.

The rebuild cost in the region of £80 million and when it opened it became the largest cricket stadium in the world with a seated capacity of 110,000.

The Motera Stadium’s capacity surpassed Australia’s Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), which can hold up to 100,000 spectators.

Will fans be at the ground to watch India vs England?

Fans returning to sports arenas has become a welcome sight for many supporters around the world, as Covid vaccines lead the way out of the pandemic.

A limited number of fans were allowed into the second Test in Chennai, with more permitted to watch the third Test in Motera, on the advice from local state governments.

It means that, following consultations with the Gujarat Cricket Association, there will be spectators in the Motera Stadium for the fourth Test between India and England.

There will, however, be a cap on the number of fans allowed into the stadium - limited to 50% of the stadium’s capacity - which could see a strong crowd witness the fourth Test.

What TV channel is India vs England on?

For the first time since the historic 2005 Ashes series, matches involving England’s Test team have been shown on terrestrial television.

Channel 4 won the race to air live footage of England’s winter tour of India after a late scramble for the television broadcasting rights in the UK.

How can I live stream India vs England?

The Test series between India and England is also being shown on Channel 4’s digital platform, All4, for people to watch on computers, laptops, tablets and phones.

Who is favourite to win the fourth India vs England Test?

After their dominant 10-wicket win last time out, India are seen as the favourites to win the fourth Test and clinch the series 3-1 with many online bookies.

As of Tuesday 2 March, the most popular bets are for a draw in the final instalment of the winter Test series according to online comparison website

Bet365, WilliamHill and BoyleSports are offering 6/1 odds of a draw, with SkyBet, PaddyPower, 888sport, BetFair, UniBet and BetFred giving odds of 11/2.

UniBet are given the best odds on England claiming an unlikely victory to level the series at 18/5, though it might be worth keeping an eye on BetFred’s offerings currently at 10/3.

India are heavily tipped to win the fourth Test with odds of 4/9 on from Bet365, SkyBet, WilliamHill, BetFred and SportingIndex.

What next for England’s cricketers in India?

After the conclusion of the Test series, England’s cricketers look to an action-packed fixture schedule in the white ball formats starting on Friday 12 March 2021.

The first of five T20 matches gets underway at the same Motera ground as the third and fourth Test matches at 1.30pm (UK time).

The first of three ODIs between India vs England starts on Tuesday 23 March 2021 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, in Pune.