Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Buttler looks to draw inspiration from Kohli

Buttler looks to draw inspiration from Kohli

But, at the start of this series, England are ranked fifth on the ICC Test rankings while India are first.

In the past five years, India have won just one of their six Test series outside of Asia, against a struggling West Indies.

Stuart Broad has revealed that he and James Anderson are likely to be rotated through the five-Test series against India starting August 1 as part of the team management's strategy to balance the duo's workload.

Reflecting on the Test, Sky Sports' Michael Atherton said: "I don't normally get nervous commentating because you just want to see good cricket".

"I think he will perform wonderfully well", Azharuddin told AFP in Delhi.

Speaking about his irresistible form, Buttler said that the best thing he learned from the IPL is to watch and learn from the best players and try to figure out what stands out and how they practice and what makes them consistent across all the three formats.

Former England skipper Alastair Cook feels India's pace battery has variety and depth, something that they have lacked as a touring side all these years. Anderson said the Indian captain was "telling lies" by saying his own runs do not matter. If India wins 5-0, then they will rise to 129 points and England will drop to sixth place on 94 points.

Meanwhile India captain Kohli, one of the outstanding batsmen of his generation, will be desperate to prove he can score runs in England.

Azharuddin backed Kohli's view that the team's performance is more important.

Rashid was included in a 13-man squad for the Edgbaston game even though he has opted out of playing first-class County Championship cricket for Yorkshire this season. It doesn't work like that.

"That is where we're at, five games against the world number one (test) side where we can make a statement if we play well and win", Root said.

"The hunger to do it day in day out...that hunger really shines through in those top players".

England required two wickets on the Sunday to draw level in the series, with Australia clear second favourites needing a further 107 runs with Shane Warne and Brett Lee at the crease and only Kasprowicz in the shed.

Cheteshwar Pujara may not have been able to do anything especially in England since April but Virat Kohli will not be in a position to remove him.

"You have to have that pressure and theatre at both ends against that sort of quality - that's when you get mistakes".

"I am predicting Kohli to score whatever the conditions but I am predicting Kohli to score multiple hundreds if the ball doesn't swing".

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