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Shastri calls on Indias batsmen to play ugly and dirty

Shastri calls on Indias batsmen to play ugly and dirty

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

The Indian captain said he was feeling "absolutely fine" after battling a stiff back during the Lord's Test. To be specific, the exclusion of Pujara from the first Test and inclusion of Kuldeep in the second Test have raised the questions on the accountability of Indian team management. He is very consistent in hitting the lengths that are required at the Test level.

India coach Ravi Shastri demanded the batsmen show mental discipline to stand up to England's swing bowling that has left the visitors 0-2 down in the Test series and looking down and out.

But, just like India captain Virat Kohli, Shastri tried to defend the move.

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) chiefs have recognised the problem of modern touring schedules but are not about to impose conditions on the number and quality of warm-up games, which are rarely money-spinners.

India may be 2-0 down in the series and facing a barrage of criticism back home but morale in the camp does not appear to have suffered.

"If you look at it from another point of view, it's a good situation to be in because you have literally have no room for thinking about anything else apart from what the team requires".

"The way things panned out, the amount it rained, the time we lost, a seamer could have been a better option". Then again, you didn't know how much it would rain, whether a match could go into the final day where just in case a spinner is needed and the ball starts to turn, would we have needed him.

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Shastri, however, added: "Conditions have been tough as you have seen right through this series". It's been an issue that's coming on and off again. You should know where your off stump is. A bit of strengthening, ample rest and proper rehab gets me back into shape.

Additionally, Rishabh Pant looks set to make his Test debut, as he was busy batting and practicing behind the wickets to pacers.

Historically Trent Bridge has offered seamer-friendly tracks, hence both the teams will go in with one spinner. If it's got enough and has lots of assistance for the bowlers, the extra batsman might come into play. Whether he plays or not, we've got some guys in form in the team. If you don't pick 20 wickets, as I said in the past, you can score as many runs as you want; it's not about saving one discipline but one discipline taking responsibility of their job and the other discipline taking responsibility of theirs.

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