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

Doug Mendoza
August 18, 2018

However, they were unfortunate at Lord's that England got to bowl and bat with the conditions in their favour, and should that be reversed in Nottingham, then as the number one Test side in the world they should be extremely disappointed if significant improvements are not made. You need to show that in your body language, in your intent and the way you prepare for the game, the way you go out and the way you go about things.

Kohli had leapfrogged Smith after his brilliant knocks in the Edgbaston Test of the ongoing five-match series against England.

Kohli did not take the field on the fourth day of the second Test because of a back injury.

Considering that as a team they are averaging less than 170 runs an innings in this series, changes to the batting line up seem inevitable, with it looking very likely that the exciting Rishabh Pant will come into the side to make his debut at the expense of Dinesh Karthik.

"He showed that in South Africa already and he's one guy who's really aggressive - he wants to take the situation front on and basically make the batsmen feel uncomfortable". That's been his biggest strength and he relishes the challenge whenever given an opportunity.

Meanwhile, Shastri gave a positive update on Virat Kohli's fitness. "He's obviously a quality bowler and it's great to have someone like that in the park".

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Shastri said it was vital India did not brood on what had happened at Lord´s as they looked to regain a foothold in the series.

"I'm feeling absolutely fine", he said. It has been an issue that has been coming on and off. But it happened along the way, so I (want to) keep my options open.

"All you can do is strengthen the muscles around it. Bit of strengthening, ample rest, proper rehab - it gets me back into shape".

"I've had it a couple of times before so it's not a new development". 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. "If 10 people score 20 runs or one man scores 200 runs, it doesn't matter", he said.

"We need to focus on this Test and not think about whether someone's career is on the line".

Their lack of involvement in the IPL allowed time for training camps and several warm-up games, while this year Pakistan may well have proved pioneers in facing Ireland, for whom it was an inaugural Test, in similar conditions in Dublin prior to their tour of England. "When your back is against the wall, you can't afford to think of anything else", Kohli said.

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