Buttler looks to draw inspiration from Kohli

Silvia Morton
August 4, 2018

Meanwhile Buttler added a Test series with India was nearly as important to England as the Ashes.

But Buttler, while acknowledging players got on well off the field, insisted this had not diminished either side's desire for victory in a five-Test series.

But if the current prolonged hot weather in England continues, the upcoming series may well be played on dry and dusty pitches, more akin to the surfaces that are found in India, rather than traditional green English seamers.

At the back-end of their careers, the 36-year-old Anderson took a six-week break to get rid of his shoulder injury while the 32-year-old Broad had limped off during a county match earlier this season. "A confident team like India shouldn't decide its playing XI on the basis of performances in the practice match", Ganguly told IndiaTV.

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.

"They've got a good relationship, I think, they seem to get on really well and they'd have played a lot of cricket together growing up".

Buttler played for Rajasthan Royals in this year's IPL and scored 548 runs at 54.80 with five half-centuries including two unbeaten 90s.

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Every member of the team ran to prove his fitness.

"Reinforcing the enjoyment factor and the incredible opportunity it is to play Test cricket. because those two games I wasn't sure how it would go but I approached it in a great manner and that's important for me to do that going into this series", said Buttler in the lead-up to the first Test at Edgbaston from 1 August.

"I think he'll be fine. That is the nature of the beast, certainly with top-order batting", Cook said. That hunger really shines through in those top players.

The followers of the most challenging format of the game will also be keeping a close watch on the ICC Test Player rankings as India captain Virat Kohli will look to snatch the coveted number one position from Australia's Steve Smith, while England fast bowler James Anderson will aim to defend his number one ranking.

India would appear to have the edge in spin bowling but off-break bowler Ravichandran Ashwin has rarely performed as well outside of Asia as he has in the sub-continent. But this time, in the team India, the cast spinner "Chinaman" is Kuldeep Yadav.

His form has been noticed in the England camp, however.

The bowler said that he doesn't want a situation where he is dropped for poor form. "Even this series we are playing to win", he.

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