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Young Sam Curran stated Saturday that he tried to take a leaf out of India skipper Virat Kohli's batting in the opening Test which England won by 31 runs.

Then Stokes, who must report to Bristol Crown Court on Monday morning to answer a charge of affray and will therefore miss the second Test at Lord's, signed off with the last wicket.

India require 194 to win the first Specsavers Test after England were bowled out for a second-innings 180 at Edgbaston. Considered England's strongest Test bastion, it was fitting that England would play their 1,000th Test there.

The 29-year-old, one of the outstanding batsmen of his generation, had managed just 134 runs in 10 innings during five Tests on his maiden tour of England four years ago.

I'm really proud of the group.

"All batters were in trouble - even Kohli, who I don t think was all that comfortable early on", he added.

"I can't take it in", Curran said during the post-match presentations.

After conceding the first Test at Edgbaston by 31 runs, India will now take on the hosts at Lord's in the second Test which begins on August 9.

As for the enforced absence of Stokes, Bayliss said: "Obviously it's something we would
have liked to have not been happening".

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He lauded the players for showing determination in tough situations.

Meanwhile Kohli urged India to remain "positive and fearless" during the rest of the series.

England's revered captain Mike Brearley feels that Joe Root is "not quite as good as Virat Kohli" but is still a "thoughtful bloke", who needs to rev up his conversion rate like his Indian counterpart. "We thought we were out of the game, then came back, then England thought they were out of the game, then came back". Hopefully we will build on that. Fear not for we have you covered. He single-handedly brought India back into the Test match. "It can be three plus three day breaks between matches but not five days", Gavaskar said.

The immediate prize of Kohli was not to be, but second-best was Karthik, ending a troublesome sixth-wicket stand of 34 which had narrowed the margins while England's bowlers exhausted on Friday. It's a very well-known fact that the ball will swing in England the same way as Australia is known for its pacy wickets.

Especially since he is likely to play a steady innings, blunt Anderson and Broad, and enable Kohli to come a bit later when it is not moving a lot. Dhawan at times gets dropped mid-way in the Test series.

He also backed both Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane to score runs. Kohli reviewed but experienced Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar's decision was upheld.

Stokes, Ali and Hale are jointly charged over a fracas in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol on September 25 past year - several hours after England had played a one-day global against the West Indies in the city.

And when Sharma was lbw to leg-spinner Adil Rashid's googly for 11, India had been reduced to 154 for nine and soon afterwards Pandya nicked Stokes to Cook.


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