India vs England 2nd test: dates for next match of series, how to watch and where to view highlights

Joe Root led England to victory in the first test in Chennai (Getty Images)Joe Root led England to victory in the first test in Chennai (Getty Images)
Joe Root led England to victory in the first test in Chennai (Getty Images)
England return to Chennai this Saturday for their second test with a wounded India

England and India are days away from resuming their epic clash on the subcontinent following heroics from Joe Root’s men in Chennai.

The teams will be hard-pushed to match the drama of the first test which saw Joe Root produce a double century and James Anderson deliver one of the great overs of modern test cricket.

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While fans will be fawning over highlights of the first test, players will be determined to avoid complacency ahead of the second test match in Tamil Nadu.

India are still the favourites in many eyes despite England’s 1-0 lead and they proved themselves a world class team when they defeated Australia at the Gabba last month.

When is India vs England 2nd test?

The second test runs from February 13 to February 17. Play gets underway at 4am on Saturday morning.

How to watch India vs England 2nd test

Channel 4 hold the broadcasting for all four tests of the series and will again be providing ball-by-ball coverage of the action from Chennai.

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The matches will be shown using a direct live feed from India, with a studio-based commentary team providing insights.

Rishi Persad and Sir Alastair Cook proved themselves a capable studio team for the first test, while Nick Knight, Mark Butcher and Sunil Gavaskar provided commentary for the world feed in the first test and will return for the second test.

Coverage gets underway at 3.40am each day with play starting at 4am. Close of play will be 12pm UK time.

Where can I watch highlights?

All 4 will be providing a highlights package later in the day for those who can’t face getting up before the crack of dawn.

When are the third and fourth tests?

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The second half of the test series takes place in Ahmedabad.

Third test: 24-28 February

Fourth test: 4-8 March

Why the toss is crucial for the second test

With the second Test also taking place in Chennai, it would not be unreasonable to expect a similar surface.

If that is the case, the game may just be won and lost half-an-hour before the first ball is bowled.

Root’s correct call on Friday allowed England to make first use of the best batting conditions and later helped their bowlers get more out of the pitch.

Despite being bested in each of the last five days, there was nothing to suggest India might not have been able to follow a similar method had the positions been switched.