Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

India vs England, Lord's Test

India vs England, Lord's Test

India captain Virat Kohli believes his team are close to beating England as they prepare for the second Test of the five-match series at Lord's.

"This Test is the most important match in the series".

A decision on whether or not to play Moeen Ali as the second spinner will also be made tomorrow depending on the conditions, the England captain said.

Although the skipper did not indicate towards anyone, the former's "composure" remarks may be his way of subtly reminding Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul, who were both dismissed at Edgbaston while recurrently attempting aggressive shots, of changing their stance at Lord's to give India a better chance of leveling the series. He has reached a 1000 first-class runs in just 15 matches and is the first division's stand-out batsman this season with 684 runs at 85.

Live Updates:India face England in the second Test at Lord's on Thursday. "We should not judge so fast, and jump to conclusions As a team, we keep patience". Any Test match we are playing, we are competitive.

As stated before, there will be clouds hanging over the Lord's Cricket Ground over the next few days as the temperatures have dropped following the heat wave that swept the city earlier this week. At the same time, your batsmen need to make runs.

"Eventually if I, as a player, was spoken to, eventually it's up to me what I do out there when I go and bat, because I'm by myself when I'm playing that one particular ball and as a bowler and in the field".

It will be interesting to see who England will turn to in the absence of Stokes. It's nice hearing stories that you are not the first one to play when young or after not a huge amount of games.

The makeup of India's side remains more of a mystery, the tourists so far remaining tight-lipped about their team for the second Test. They don't have to look beyond their skipper Virat Kohli for inspiration. He said that the Indian batsmen need to adjust to situation instead of being aggressive.

Kohli, who is known for his aggression on the field, advised his batsmen against it at crucial junctures in the match. I think that matters a lot, you should have a clear plan of what you want to do in the next 30 deliveries and that plan more often than not, is not aggression. 'But having seen him play a little bit, and the way his game is set up, I think it's very much transferrable to bat at four in Test cricket. "But we only need to bring down the margin of error and beyond that we don't need to worry too much".

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