Monday, 24 September, 2018


Look England seek to surpass India without Stokes at Lord’s

Ben Stokes was exceptional with the ball in the first Test against India Ben Stokes was exceptional with the ball in the first Test against India
Noah Ferguson | 09 August, 2018, 14:54

"There must be a clear plan on how to face the first 20-30 balls, and more often than not that plan does not involve aggression", said Kohli, who was extremely watchful against swing king James Anderson, England´s all-time leading Test wicket-taker, at Edgbaston.

But in a dry English summer that has seen pitches more receptive to slow bowling than usual, England could recall off-spinner Moeen Ali to partner leg-break bowler Adil Rashid even though England captain Joe Root bowls occasional off-breaks.

This current England side have proven to be horribly inconsistent in Test matches, while their record at Lord's against Asian teams has also been poor recently, their last win here against any of India, Pakistan or Sri Lanka coming in 2011.

Neither side made 300 in the match, England posting 287 before India replied with 274 in the first innings.

It will be interesting to see who England will turn to in the absence of Stokes. If you are 1-0 down and can't make a comeback in this Test match and this match goes the other way.as far as I remember, very few teams are there, who have won three matches in a row. "So we have to start well and try to stay on top if we can", he said.

Other former India internationals to ring the bell at a Lord's Test are Sunil Gavaskar, The Nawab of Pataudi Jr, Dilip Vengsarkar, Rahul Dravid, Kapil Dev and Sourav Ganguly. Will they play a second-spinner or will Cheteshwar Pujara find a place back in the team?

About countering Ashwin and Ishant, he said, "They are two fine players and one of the reasons why India have been successful is they have some brilliant experienced players to call upon".

Pope only made his first-class debut in March previous year and has been called into the Test squad on the back of a mere 15 matches, while he has never batted in the top five in County Championship cricket.

'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.

"It's a good choice, a tough one too", Bharat Arun, India's bowling coach, told reporters at Lord's on Tuesday.

He also urged his batsmen to maintain composure, instead of resorting to aggression.

Therefore, Gambhir feels that this is India's best opportunity to win a Test in England and if they don't, it will be very hard to make a comeback in the series as it will get colder and conditions will change.

Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the Test match and that could mean an unchanged Indian seam attack.

"The conditions were trying".

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