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India vs England: We have strong plans in place for Virat Kohli - Joe Root

England skipper Joe Root is also aware a player of Virat Kohli’s class will know how to make amends for his failures in 2014.

cricket Updated: Aug 01, 2018 13:12 IST
N Ananthanarayanan
N Ananthanarayanan
Hindustan Times, Birmingham
England skipper Joe Root (L) is also aware a player of Virat Kohli’s class will know how to make amends for his failures in 2014.
England skipper Joe Root (L) is also aware a player of Virat Kohli’s class will know how to make amends for his failures in 2014. (Action Images via Reuters)

England will once again look to keep Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli quiet to extend his poor run in the country in Tests, but his counterpart Joe Root is also aware a player of his class will know how to make amends for his failures in 2014. (LIVE STREAMING)

Asked if he felt his poor record on the last tour, when James Anderson dismissed him four times, will be playing on his mind, Root told a news conference ahead of the first Test starting at Edgbaston on Wednesday that England know how to get Kohli. 

“The only person that can answer that is Virat,” he said when asked if the 2014 dismissals will be playing on the India skipper’s mind. “In my point of view, ultimately we know how good a player he is. He has come a long way in the last few years in particular in this format.

“We feel we got some strong plans in place. Ultimately when you play against the world’s best players, they generally have the answers. We have got to be very strong on the areas we bowl to him and very clear how we want to get him out.”

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England picked leg-spinner Adil Rashid as the lone spinner, an indication that the pitch would help seamers, especially after rain at the weekend. All-rounder Sam Curran also comes while off-spinner Moeen Ali and uncapped seamer Jamie Porter will sit out.

“We looked at the surface and decided we want to go with only one spinner and that will be Adil. Sam is going to play and Jamie is going to miss out.


“With the amount of right-handers and what we think is going to be India’s team, Adil gives us a very attacking option. We are very excited; he is obviously bowling with a huge amount of confidence at the moment.

Rashid’s last Test was in the 2016 series in India, and going into his first home game, his selection has been a huge controversy having refused a red-ball contract with Yorkshire.

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Jos Buttler has been named vice-captain, another not very popular choice as he was also plucked out of the limited-overs team following fine performances for IPL side Rajasthan Royals.

Root praised Buttler and said England may be better off tapping into ideas that have lifted the ODI side to No 1.

Root made light of reports that the stands won’t be full for the opening game despite Edgbaston being England’s favourite ground. “The atmosphere is fantastic when we come here. We expect the same this time too. The conditions have suited us here in the past, but ultimately it’s about starting well.”

England have faced criticism for their inconsistent showing even at home in the last few seasons, but said the team’s comeback to win the second Test against Pakistan early this summer to draw the series 1-1 showed lot of character in the side.

“I think the way we came back against Pakistan at Headingley was a real starting point for this group of players. Ultimately, we got five games against the world No 1 ranked side. We can make a statement if we play well and win this series. It is going to be hard and we got to be very consistent.”

First Published: Jul 31, 2018 20:40 IST

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