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Geoffrey Boycott slams 'brainless' and 'arrogant' India ahead of third England Test

Geoffrey Boycott slams 'brainless' and 'arrogant' India ahead of third England Test”

Spinners have averaged 50 in Test matches in Nottingham over the past 10 years - the highest in England - and so it would be quite the thing if India did not bring in the fit-again Jasprit Bumrah. "But again, we didn't know how much it would rain and whether the match would go into the final day", Shastri added. His message to the players was to believe in themselves, India's head coach said. You have been in this position a couple of times before and you have responded. There is no reason why [you can not do it again.]' One thing's for sure: in this unit, there is no negative bone. "We are here without a negative bone, wanting to play to win, as simple as that".

Virat Kohli's team is being heavily criticised for its abject surrender in the second Test against England at Lord's and its lackadaisical approach towards training. "Batsmen from both teams have struggled", he said. It is a worrying situation. "The resolve to know where your off stump is, to leave a lot of balls, to be prepared to look ugly and dirty and show some grit [is needed]".

"When you play here in these conditions, then you have to accept that even if you are batting on 100, you are not set", said Kohli. "Like I said, that's quite a freaky thought to have", he added, when further asked if he had provided any security to his teammates as captain.

India coach Ravi Shastri demanded the batsmen show mental discipline to stand up to England's swing bowling that has left the visitors 0-2 down in the Test series and looking down and out. He (Rahane) is one of our pillars and he will remain one of our pillars.

Team selection was a touchy subject for Shastri and Kohli on the South Africa tour, with the pair not taking kindly to any criticism. And Shastri agreed with him.

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"In hindsight, it was an error".

The skipper didn't confirm these changes, but at the same time said that the thought of playing an extra batsman will only be considered if the conditions are loaded in favour of bowlers, like at Lord's. It might have helped. "In the nets, he's moving much better and improving by the day". However, the Indian captain lost 15 points after the second Test and is now at 919 points.

India will have a fresh headache as all-rounder Ben Stokes, acquitted of affray charges by a Bristol court on Tuesday, is back in the England squad. "He is a terrific cricketer".

The International Cricket Council (ICC) chiefs have recognised the problem of modern touring schedules but are not about to impose conditions on the number and quality of warm-up games, which are rarely money-spinners.



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