India awaits Kohli magic in England Tests

Virat Kohli receives treatment

Virat Kohli receives treatment

The 2015 Ashes Test, in which Stuart Broad took 8-15 in 9.3 overs to skittle Australia for 60, came second in our poll with 18.5 per cent, with the Headingley Ashes fixture of 1981, in which the heroics of Sir Ian Botham and Bob Willis saw England win after following on, third with 15 per cent. He also rated India spin attack more superior than that of England.

The main hurdle which may cost India the coveted series is Joe Root, who is the skipper of the host in Test cricket.

"It's a huge series".

England have dominated India since their first Test in June 1932, winning 43 and losing 25 out of a total of 117 Tests.

"Australia is a huge series for England, but in this day and age India are not far behind". We all know the force of nature that is Indian cricket.

The long-serving paceman has previously played domestic cricket when being excluded from England's national squad but Broad says he will not take the same route this time around.

Buttler is in the form of his life, having scored five consecutive half-centuries in the IPL before those Tests against Pakistan.

"There are a few guys I have played with". But Buttler believes all friendships will be "forgotten" on the field during the Test series. "There's familiar faces, guys who you know a bit more about than just the cricketer".

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"Cricket is not a game of one individual". You get these opportunities to play all around the world and you get to meet some great people. But yes, there is a lot more familiarity between the sides than there ever has been before.

Kohli's India will also be looking to avoid a series whitewash against England, the fifth-ranked side in the Test rankings. "That's different to what I have experienced in the past but we'll see over the next six weeks".

"It will be highly competitive", he said.

"They just have a different mentality, a winning mentality in every game and the consistency to do that".

The 33-year-old, himself, is returning to the England fold after playing against Pakistan earlier in the summer.

Cook voiced his sympathy for Rashid, who has had to deal with the fallout following his selection rather than being allowed to celebrate his first call-up since the last of his 10 Test caps in December 2016.

"It's very hot here in England and wickets are very dry. They have strength in depth in their pace bowling", said Cook ahead of the first Test beginning here on Wednesday.

Left-armer Ravindra Jadeja is an experienced campaigner while left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav has forced his way in after impressing during the preceding one-day series.

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