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Lord's Test can make or break the series for India: Gambhir

Lord's Test can make or break the series for India: Gambhir

England will take on India in the second Test at Lord's tomorrow.

"This Test is the most important match in the series".

However with India's batsmen severely tested by England's seamers in the first Test, and England usually more comfortable picking a seam-dominated attack, it would not be surprise should Woakes ultimately be named in the final XI, his overall chances of selection perhaps slightly lower than Moeen's but not by much. Stokes, who picked up four wickets during India's second innings, is trying to clear his name in court after being charged with affray following a brawl in September 2017, while Malan has been dropped due to poor performance.

That was despite star batsman Kohli making exactly 200 runs in the game, including a superb first-innings 149 - his maiden Test century in England.

India were dismissed for under 300 in their first innings at Edgbaston and then failed to chase down a target of 194 second time around, being bowled out for 162 after Kohli made 51.

"I feel as a team we're just about there".

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"It is not like I feel bad that I got runs and we couldn´t get across the line", added Kohli, now the world´s top-ranked batsman in both Test and one-day global cricket.

"When the wicket wears off, the spinners can come into play as well", Kohli said.

"Eventually if I, as a player, was spoken to, eventually it's up to me what I do out there when I go and bat, because I'm by myself when I'm playing that one particular ball and as a bowler and in the field".

India legend Sachin Tendulkar had some words of wisdom for Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli ahead of the Lord's Test. There we need some composure, other than aggression. They don't have to look beyond their skipper Virat Kohli for inspiration.

Kohli, who is known for his aggression on the field, advised his batsmen against it at crucial junctures in the match. We as a team definitely have more patience than other people and so, we don't take something as a pattern soon. It's about how you go about facing the first 20, 25, 30 balls. "As a batting unit we have discussed that".

"He's obviously batted at six for Surrey this season - but having seen him play a little bit, and the way his game is set up, I think it's very much transferable to bat at No 4 in Test cricket. We have to reduce that margin of error".


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