England's Alastair Cook Backs Adil Rashid to Handle Pressure of India Test

03 August, 2018, 21:57 | Author: George Williams
  • Englands bowler James Anderson celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of R Ashwin on day one of the third Test match against England in Kolkata on Wednesday

"But having said that, India have a great chance of winning in England this time". England now are at number five with 97 rating points and can jump to number two surpassing South Africa (106), Australia (106) and New Zealand (102) with a 10-point rise to 107 points, reducing the pre-series gap with top-ranked India from 28 points to just five points.

"On behalf of the cricket family, I want to congratulate England on their 1000th men's Test match, the first country to reach this milestone", ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said in a statement.

A whopping 42.6 per cent of the votes from the 12 pundit-picked options came for the gripping game in Birmingham 13 years ago, in which Steve Harmison was adjudged to have had last man Michael Kasprowicz caught off the glove as England sealed a frantic two-run win on the fourth day.

England have played Tests against nine different opponents - Australia, Bangladesh, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the West Indies and Zimbabwe.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah may be unfit for the first Test but the likes of Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav have shown themselves to be capable operators outside of Asia.

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Buttler had hit five half-centuries in a row for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2018 when England called him up for the Pakistan Tests.

Cook feels the constant change in the combination of the playing XI has affected England's dream of becoming the number one team in the world.

England against India is arguably now a series which rivals the Ashes for theatre and intensity. Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane can perform well this time because they are aware of the circumstances of England and have experienced the experience.

"I think he'll be fine".

Batting could hold the key to the series and there are question marks against both top-orders.

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India last won a test series in England in 2007, while the hosts are looking for their first series win in four. India, with Mahendra Singh Dhoni as captain, lost the series 3-1. That hunger really shines through in those top players.

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.

Despite criticising Adil Rashid's selection, Defreitas hopes he continues his form in the red-ball cricket. Young players in the team are also expecting good performance.

"Wrist-spinners, we all know they are wicket-takers - and right now, in England weather-wise, it s like playing in Mumbai or Chennai".

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