This will be the 24th Test match at this ground and This will be the 24th Test match at this ground and the win-loss record in favour of the hosts is 10-7.Incidentally, England had won the last two matches they had played here — in 2006 and 2012 — after having lost three Tests on the trot.Their only victory prior to those three defeats was in the BCCIs Golden Jubilee Test in 1980.The first-ever game between the two teams at this venue, in 1976, was drawn so that the win-loss record stands 3-3 between the two teams out of seven encounters. The stadium is hosting a Test match after three years and the last match which it hosted was the 200th farewell Test of cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar against West Indies in November 2013. Meanwhile, England will practise tomorrow morning while India will practise in the afternoon. The two teams have had an extended break after the conclusion of the third Test at Mohali. Most of the visiting team members had travelled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates during the break and are scheduled to reach here tonight. PTI NRB SSR RMT KHS KHS SDM
South Africa coach Russell Domingo, who was in England for the ongoing four-match Test series, has once again flew back home in order to be with his critically injured mother.Domingo returned to South Africa after his side slumped to a huge 211-run defeat at the hands of the Joe Root-led team in the first Test at the Lord’s.The 42-year-old’s mother, who was critically injured in a car accident while travelling alone in Port Elizabeth, has now been placed on life support.Reflecting on the matter, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said that although Domingo’s mother had shown some signs of improvement, her condition has obviously taken a turn for the worse over the past few days, Sport24 reported.Domingo had earlier headed back home during South Africa’s three-match T20 series, which England went on to win by 2-1.South Africa are slated to play second Test from Friday at Trent Bridge.