Virat Kohli tops ICC rankings as best test batsman

Virat Kohli tops ICC rankings as best test batsman

The India captain, already at the head of the equivalent one-day worldwide batting chart, found himself at the summit of these standings after scoring 149 - his maiden Test century in England - and 51 during the series opener at Edgbaston. "It is a disaster and it is the failure of the BCCI to not be able to grow Test cricket and take a chance with day-night Test cricket", said Brearley.

Kohli's two innings boosted his ranking rating by 31 points and helped him end Steve Smith's 32-month reign as the top-ranked batsman in Test cricket.

"I always believe that in overseas conditions, you need to play an additional batsman".

However, after the match, former England captain Nasser Hussain chose to single out Kohli for India's defeat.

The Test player rankings will now be updated following the Lord's Test, which begins on Thursday, 9 August. To his credit, Kohli's didn't and he made England pay for this initial diffidence steeply in the first innings, in which he top-scored with 149. It was hard to bat, probably more hard than it looked from outside. We're very much in the hunt here.

"When the ball's moving we've shown that a few of their guys do struggle against it".

The court was told Stokes and Hales left the Mbargo nightclub at 12.46am but both returned to the club at 2.08am.

England will also ponder over Ben Stokes' replacement and Dawid Malan.

Bayliss said the home team is well-settled. He is the best player in the world and his preparations are different. He needs to get better tactically but surely that will either come with time or not at all (you are either a shrewd captain or you are now). He's been absolutely golden. Although there are murmurs about tweaking the Indian side, it would be interesting to see the route the management takes.

"(But) I've got no concerns about it. "Ben has no concerns about it as well".




But while England have called up Chris Woakes in Stokes's place, the admirable Warwickshire all-rounder is not the same sort of "box-office" cricketer.

"For us, he's picked for his bowling. He came on with India 50-0 and pitched it up, swung it and got four for nothing and he then went in with England 87-7". Not 18 players but 11 players. "Fitness wise he should be fine".

As such, Smith hasn't played any Test cricket since being suspended for his role in the ball-tampering incident in the Cape Town Test against South Africa in March.

"We're not going to pick a second-best team because they're all right-handers".

England captain Joe Root added there were similarities between Curran and Stokes that extended beyond the fact they were both lively pace bowlers and hard-hitting batsmen.

"It would be nice (to get Dukes in all Tests)". I think it is good for Test cricket, said Brearley, the author of widely acclaimed book "The Art of Captaincy".

The other cause of concern for England will be their slip catching.

"Obviously it's something we would have liked to have not been happening", said Bayliss.

"Buttler's only just entered the team and he's seems to be going pretty well there". Keaton Jennings looks like he moves pretty well in there.

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