England's Alastair Cook Backs Adil Rashid to Handle Pressure of India Test

Unhappy India shorten practice match over condition of pitch outfield

Reflecting on the Test, Sky Sports' Michael Atherton said: "I don't normally get nervous commentating because you just want to see good cricket".

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

India may be the world s top-ranked Test side but they still face accusations they are lions at home and lambs overseas.

The first Test between India and England that will be played will be their 1000th Test match.

"At that time, it was his first tour. now he has got so many runs behind him and I think will perform wonderfully well", Azharuddin said.

Kohli returned from his first England series in 2014 with just 134 runs from five Tests.

In an encouraging return to form, the 2000s was their best decade by winning percentage (42.6) since the 1950s (47 per cent), and they have surpassed that mark again since 2010 with a 43.4 per cent win rate up to the start of the India series.

The Indian skipper has insisted he is not concerned about his personal performances against England, hitting out at critics for putting the spotlight on his 2014 failure.

England have played Tests against nine different opponents - Australia, Bangladesh, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the West Indies and Zimbabwe. If India wins 5-0, then they will rise to 129 points and England will drop to sixth place on 94 points.

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Meanwhile India captain Kohli, one of the outstanding batsmen of his generation, will be desperate to prove he can score runs in England.

The International Cricket Council congratulated England ahead of the historic game. It doesn't work like that.

"In one sense, I feel a little bit sorry for Adil - all the political side of the selection, rather than looking at him", Cook said.

"But, that morning, I remember striding round the commentary box at the back, biting my fingernails and hoping England would get home because had they not, the Ashes were gone really after the loss at [in the first Test]".

Amongst the batsmen, both England and India have five each inside the top-50. "But having said that, India have a great chance of winning in England this time".

"We are not anxious at all, because both are really quality batsmen", said India s Ajinkya Rahane of his top-order colleagues.

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

"I am predicting Kohli to score whatever the conditions but I am predicting Kohli to score multiple hundreds if the ball doesn't swing".

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