Cricketer Ben Stokes 'lost control' during nightclub fight, court told

Justin GreeneAug 07, 2018

It was only after successive losses in the first two Tests, that Rahane was brought back and contributed to India winning the third and final Test at Johannesburg.Pujara, who came in at one-down, also played a crucial role in Team India's win by keeping the South African pace squad at bay on a very hard pitch. He believes that this was the reason behind India's loss at Edgbaston. Yet it would be foolish to dismiss this Indian side as a one-man team.

The white-ball portion of India's tour ended with the third ODI on July 17, but there was only one practice game - against Essex - scheduled in the 14-day gap until the start of the first Test on August 1.

"If Virat Kohli is not the best batsman (in the world), he's very close to it".

They will also have had some time to prepare properly after going into the Test series on the back of a white-ball contest followed by five days off - a build-up quite rightly condemned by legend Sunil Gavaskar. "I can understand that you need to switch off after a series but that can't be five days at a stretch".

As usual, the positives are being counted in defeat and yet they are in a fix whether to go into the second Test with the same team or any changes. "It was hard to bat, probably more hard than it looked from outside", he added. He wrote, "Ajinkya Rahane & Murali Vijay will have to show some determination since they have scored runs in these conditions before".

Ben Stokes's global career will be placed in suspended animation when the England cricketer appears in a Bristol court on Monday charged with affray. But in that time they were playing against the white ball.

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. In his column, Chappell paid glowing tribute to Indian captain Virat Kohli, comparing his Edgbaston hundred to Stan McCabe's epic double hundred during the 1938 Ashes, which even made Sir Don Bradman give a standing ovation.

The Edgbaston Test was England men's 1000th match and crowds weren't as keen on the first two days, while the third day nearly saw a full house. Why have you gone to England - to play cricket or something else?

England's 20-year-old Sam Curran is another fascinating story from what was a nerve-wracking 1000th Test match for England.

Virat Kohli has established himself as one of the greats of modern cricket. There is intensity about this Indian team, about their bowling attack, and I think some of that comes from Kohli too.

With the English pitches tending to take spin towards the end of the summer season, a specialist wrist-spinner like Kuldeep could have contributed much more than Hardik Pandya who was played as an all-rounder but did not take a wicket in the first innings and was not bowled at all in the second innings where England was reeling at 87 for 7 and the early dismissal of Curran could have won India the match. "On occasion, it can make people nervous I dare say, but on the whole, it animates them", he added.

"I don't think it'll be any different for India". After this, Joe Root and Alastair Cook have always been an impactful player.

And with India's batting being the weak link at the moment, Gavaskar has advised the team to play an extra batsman.

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