Virat Kohli believe India are close to beating England


England cricket team on Sunday (5 August) announced the 13-member squad for the second Test match at Lord's starting on Thursday (9 August). Welcome to the live blog for what promises to be another intriguing Test match.

"The weather conditions and Lord's wicket, which is generally dry and of what we saw in one-day cricket from Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, I think this is India's best opportunity to win because after this, the weather will cool down as September approaches".

"Playing for India and captaining my country is a big honour for me and I am definitely leaving no stone unturned when it comes to that; interacting getting in there, helping the guys wherever I can from the strategy point of view as well". Kohli was in prolific form and will be key batsman for visitors in the 2nd Test as well.

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We witnessed an absolute cracker at Edgbaston in the opening Test with India just falling short of the target.

"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 worldwide cricket. England have not lost a five-Test series at home after winning the first Test since 1930, such is the momentum they can build up with batteries of fast-medium bowlers. It's nice hearing stories that you are not the first one to play when young or after not a huge amount of games.

India U-19 team member and rising left-arm pacer Arjun Tendulkar was seen bowling to skipper Virat Kohli in the nets ahead of the second Test against England at the Lord's Cricket Ground. He said that the Indian batsmen need to adjust to situation instead of being aggressive.

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"I don't think anything [top order failure] should be judged so soon". It's a tempting thought to field two spinners but we will have to take a call on that depending on the team balance.

"How we react to a situation when a wicket goes down is more mental than technical".

"There must be a clear plan on how to face the first 20-30 balls, and more often than not that plan does not involve aggression".

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'He's a fine player, and it shows when you give the best players opportunities they don't need many more, ' said Root ahead of Thursday's second Test at Lord's. "But we only need to bring down the margin of error and beyond that we don't need to worry too much".