(Photo) India's preparations in place ahead of series opener against England

Rohit Sharma faces throwdowns in the nets.

Aryan Surana

Preparations are in full swing as India gird up their loins to combat hosts England in the Test series opener scheduled to start on Wednesday, August 4, at Trent Bridge. After warming up with a fun catching drill and a light jog, the Indian players got down to business.

Lynchpins Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli honed their skills as the net bowlers and sidearm flingers wheeled away. In the pictures dished out by BCCI on Twitter, head coach Ravi Shastri can be seen keeping a vigilant eye on the proceedings.