Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

England chooses lone spinner Rashid vs India in 1,000th test

England chooses lone spinner Rashid vs India in 1,000th test

"In the last three years, I have been pretty comfortable with my headspace", he said.

No global side travels well these days but for a team with aspirations of being the best in the world, this is no excuse.

Anderson, who today turned, 36, is England's leading wicket-taker of all time with 540 from 138 Tests and if he lasts all five matches against India this summer is in line to surpass Glenn McGrath's mark of 563 to become the most successful fast bowler of all time. In such a long series, you can be patient enough to turn things around. "The pitch will assist him and he will have a point to prove", Botham said.

The star player said that professionalism and consistency will be the key to winning the series in England rather than paying attention to the tags of favourites or underdogs.

England's five-match tussle with India is about to begin with their 1,000th Test at Edgbaston.

It should mean that Kohli will pick only one spinner and in terms of seniority and experience, Ashwin is expected to make the cut ahead of Kuldeep Yadav, with Ravindra Jadeja relegated to a third choice. When you perform in that fashion, you are mentally at a different level as well. If you are underdog, it is not a given the pressure will only be on the opposition. "It doesn't matter. Whether you are a favourite or an underdog you still have to go out there and do well". But I genuinely think he will cope - he's bowling well. "Sometimes they are on a knife edge and it is about character and mental toughness, so getting on top early helps all players gain confidence and allow people to relax and express themselves", Boycott, who recently underwent a heart surgery, said".

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"Playing in England is always a challenge".

"It all boils down to your gut feel". England will doubtless be the happier of the two teams trundling off for tea, the hosts took three wickets - two for Ben Stokes and one more for Sam Curran - to leave India struggling to reach the hosts' below-par first innings total of 285. There's no looking back.

"I am going in (to this series) 100 per cent fit and you can't day that too often, so it's an exciting place to be".

Besides, the 43-year-old who opened for his country for nearly a decade, wants the seasoned Alastair Cook to show consistency and skipper Joe Root to convert his starts into monumental knocks.

Talking about his pace attack, he added, "I think our bowling attack has matured over the years". They have never stood in his way, wherever he played around the world, and he repays them by showing he could not give a t*** about the club. They are pretty comfortable with their games, pretty much what happens with the batsmen as well.

First to go was Vijay (20), plumb LBW to a late inswinger, then KL Rahul (4) played on to leave the tourists on 54 for two.

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