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

Florence Fletcher
August 18, 2018

It is perhaps no surprise that Pakistan, whose players are effectively barred from the IPL on political grounds, have, with great credit, drawn their last two Test series in England, including a 1-1 result in a two-match contest this season.

"You know when your back is against the wall, that is the time for you not to think about anything else". However, he batted in the second innings even though he looked in discomfort. To be specific, the exclusion of Pujara from the first Test and inclusion of Kuldeep in the second Test have raised the questions on the accountability of Indian team management.

"The way things panned out, the amount it rained, the time we lost, a seamer could have been a better option".

Banned Australian batsman Steve Smith reclaimed top spot in the ICC Test batting rankings from India's Virat Kohli on Monday, despite not having played since March.

India may be 2-0 down in the series and facing a barrage of criticism back home but morale in the camp does not appear to have suffered.

Kohli stressed on thinking from the team's point of view, in terms of batting and carrying themselves on the field, in a bid to overturn the 2-0 deficit. That is the conversation we have had in the last few days and like I said, it's now up to the individuals to stand up and say I am going to go out there and make a difference. Then again, you didn't know how much it would rain, whether a match could go into the final day where just in case a spinner is needed and the ball starts to turn, would we have needed him.

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The head coach was asked about Ajinkya Rahane, once India's best batsman in tough overseas conditions but now struggling for form. When that ball comes and incident happens, you have to accept it and move on.

"I am feeling fine, absolutely fine". A bit of strengthening, ample rest and proper rehab gets me back into shape.

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. He showed that in South Africa already and he's one guy who's really aggressive in [the] mind.

'There's no hiding from the facts that mistakes have been made. We are very excited he's coming back. That's been his biggest strength and he relishes the challenge whenever given an opportunity. That's where character and mental resolve comes into play.

The two spinners bowled only 26 overs between them and went wicketless as India were clearly missing a third front-line seamer. "Through history there are a lot of players who have played with an injury and scored runs and taken wickets", Bayliss said.

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