Keys to an India fightback in England test series

Paola Ditto
Agosto 18, 2018

Stokes has always been England's premier all-rounder and just hours after his acquittal on a charge of affray at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday, he was added to a 13-man squad for Trent Bridge.

"It was one of the most hard decisions I've had to make as captain".

During the season, Pant hit the fastest hundred by an Indian batsman in first-class cricket during a Ranji Trophy game against Jharkhand.

"Ben is desperate to get back playing cricket".

"I have known Ben from being really quite young and I feel very confident he will be able to go out and put in a performance."
He feels ready to play. The tourists were completely outplayed in the second Test with England winning by an innings and 159 runs to leave them trailing 2-0 with three Tests left to play.

The 26-year old has often found himself in the firing line, faces questions over his selection in the Indian cricket team.He is experiencing the vagaries of cricketing fortune now as he struggles for form along with the rest of the visitors in England. Once again England captain implemented the same strategy and invited India to bat first.

Murali Vijay, for example, has scored only 128 runs in 10 overseas Test innings against South Africa and England.

They were dismissed for just 107 and 130, while captain and star batsman Virat Kohli - who made exactly 200 runs in a 31-run loss in the first Test at Edgbaston - was in evident pain from a back injury. "It's about us as a squad delivering over five games and on this occasion Sam is unfortunate to miss out", said Root.

"Throughout this series he's done an exceptional job and with that in mind it made it very hard to leave him out".

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Shastri´s competitive spirit remains intact off the field, with the 56-year-old telling reporters at Trent Bridge on Thursday: "Batsmen from both teams have struggled".

After been found not guilty, Stokes will be called to appear in front of the Cricket Discipline Commission [CDC] alongside Alex Hales - who was with Stokes on the night out in Bristol.

The date of the CDC hearing is yet to be confirmed. "It's quite freakish thought to have", Kohli said at the pre-match press conference ahead of the do-or-die third Test against England on Saturday.

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