Ind-Eng: Broad downplays Kohli-Anderson battle

Ind-Eng: Broad downplays Kohli-Anderson battle

India captain Virat Kohli will look to snatch the coveted number-one position from Australia's Steve Smith in the ICC Test Player Rankings during the five-Test series which is beginning with the first Test in Birmingham on Wednesday.

Buttler made a very impressive return to Test cricket in the series against Pakistan Buttler made a very impressive return to Test cricket in the series against Pakistan India might have lost the last series - 3-1 in 2014 - and won just three series in England over the years, but they are the No.1 Test team in the world and have travelled better in recent years than at many stages in the past.

On home turf, England have won 30 Tests and India have emerged winners on six occasions with 21 Tests ending in draws. "Reinforcing the enjoyment factor and the incredible opportunity it is to play Test cricket", Buttler said. "I wish England all the best in this historic match and may it continue to produce players and performances that inspire the following of Test cricket, the oldest and most demanding format of the game", said ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar.

"In the last ten years I ve played them, they haven t had the option of playing five or six different types of seamers", added Cook, England s all-time leading Test run-scorer, whose highest score of 294 was made against India at Edgbaston in 2011.

"Absolutely, it is a huge series". It wasn't his first time in the IPL - he has 1075 runs from 37 outings in the league over the years, having turned out for Mumbai Indians apart from Rajasthan.

"There are a few guys I have played with". But yes, there is a lot more familiarity between the sides than there ever has been before.

"Moeen (Ali) played with Virat (Kohli) and (Yuzvendra) Chahal".

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"They just have a different mentality, a winning mentality in every game and the consistency to do that". Due to this, Team India has witnessed many embarrassing defeats in England.

"Australia is a huge series for England, but in this day and age, India are not far behind", he said.

"I am sure there will be moments in the Test series, especially on the field, when those things look like they have been forgotten".

Buttler hasn't been a regular feature of the English Test side. However, the same team did not win the Test series in South Africa. It will be highly competitive.

Also, while doubts persist about England s ability to cope should either one of veteran new-ball duo Stuart Broad and James Anderson get injured, India do at least have some pace-bowling depth.

"I think it's a balance that is required and we've played enough cricket at this level to understand that". "He's someone who the guys who played in the one-day series will have seen".

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