England coach Trevor Bayliss praises Sam Curran's fighting spirit

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"What a game", Root said at the post-match press conference.

He made 149 in India's first-innings 274 and steadied India after they slipped to 78-5 on Friday at Edgbaston. We could definitely have applied ourselves better with the bat but I'm proud of the fight we showed.

As for the enforced absence of Stokes, Bayliss said: "Obviously it's something we would
have liked to have not been happening. I think it is possible that some teammates might not enjoy it, and like in Chappell's case, feel a bit on the outside", he added. "It shows it's about inner belief and steeliness not just about wickets and runs", Joe Root said.

"We knew wickets were going to be quite crucial".

"There was always something in it for the bowlers, it wasn't freescoring at any time and credit has to go to both sides' bowling attacks".

Batting did seem hard on an Edgbaston surface that had quite a lot for the bowlers.

He lauded the players for showing determination in tough situations.

"I do take that into my game".

In one sense England need Stokes more than he needs them, as he is among the first generation who can play Twenty20 tournaments rather than Tests to enjoy a lucrative career.

England captain Joe Root displayed a gambler's instinct when with 42 needed he brought on leg-spinner Adil Rashid.

Stokes was one of the England’s star performers in last week’s win over India
Stokes was one of the England’s star performers in last week’s win over India

India got off to a near ideal start with the opening duo of Murali Vijay (20) and Shikhar Dhawan (26) putting on a 50-run stand - the first fifty-plus opening stand for India in England after 18 innings.

Pandya's exit left Stokes with innings figures of four for 40 in 14.2 overs.

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'm sure that they'll be going away working out how they can play it - as we're going working on how to play the off-spin". But ultimately, we've seen throughout this game that the ball has move around so if we put it in the right areas for long enough, we'd get our rewards.

It very quickly got worse for the tourists at 8-141 after Stokes struck again in the same over with Mohammed Shami (0) caught behind.

"It was no preparation at all", Gavaskar told "India Today" channel, referring to the three-day warm-up game.

". From there, the rest of the guys did exactly what was asked of them". He was short, left-arm and skiddy, and scored a few runs in the lower-middle order. "Back in the day I used to think about playing in different conditions, different countries, but when you become captain it's about taking your team across the line".

Young Sam Curran stated Saturday that he tried to take a leaf out of India skipper Virat Kohli's batting in the opening Test which England won by 31 runs. He's made some big contributions for his county side and a big part of that team.

Former skipper Ganguly wants India to keep faith with their batsmen and called for Kohli to demand a change of approach at the crease when the second Test starts at Lord's on Thursday.

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