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An Injured Virat Kohli Could Be More Dangerous, Says England Coach Trevor Bayliss

New Delhi: England coach Trevor Bayliss warned the hosts on Thursday that ViratKohli could be even more dangerous in the Trent Bridge game starting on Saturday as Virat Kohli’s back trouble flared up during the Lord’s Test, which India lost by an innings and 159 runs.

Bayliss was asked if he felt Kohli’s back injury was a blessing in disguise for England, 2-0 up and looking forward to winning the third Test and sealing the series. The hosts though are aware the India skipper is one man who can turn things around.

“It could mean he’s more of a dangerous player,” Bayliss said. “Through history there are a lot of players who have played with an injury and scored runs and taken wickets. I don’t know if that focuses the mind more ... but I have just seen him take some slip catches without any problems, so I’m sure he’ll be playing. That won’t change our approach to the way we play him.”

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With Ben Stokes Back England Faces A Selection Dilemma Ahead Of Third Test Against India

New Delhi: With Ben Stokes back and his replacement at Lord’s, Chris Woakes, grabbing the opportunity with a maiden hundred, England could face a selection dilemma ahead of the third Test against India.

“It will be a tough selection for the third Test at Trent Bridge. Sam Curran and Chris Woakes have won the Man of the Match awards in the first two Tests and, with Ben Stokes coming back into the squad, it will be a difficult decision for the coach and captain,” Buttler wrote in Sky Sports.

England lead the five-match series 2-0 after wins in Birmingham and London. All-rounder Stokes returned to the side after being found not guilty at the Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday.

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BCCI May Curb Powers Of Kohli And Shastri In View Of Humiliating Defeat At Lords

New Delhi: India is all set to question skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri during a fact finding session after India's innings and 159-run defeat to England in the second Test at Lords, this has sent shock waves across the cricketing fraternity and the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Reports suggested that the BCCI, in consultation with the CoA, may curb the powers of Kohli and Shastri. The following are some of the questions and points that will be posed to the skipper-coach combine and this in all likelihood will happen ahead of the third Test against England at Trentbridge.

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Kohli Concedes That Indian Cricket Team Deserved To Lose The Second Test Match Against England

New Delhi: ViratKohli conceded that the Indian cricket team deserved to lose the second Test match against England at Lord’s after the visitors were beaten by an innings and 159 runs. At the post-match press conference, Kohli said that India got their team combination wrong by playing KuldeepYadav in place of fast bowler UmeshYadav and they were completely outplayed by Joe Root & Co.

“Yeah looking back, I thought we got the combination wrong. Not proud of the way we’ve played. First time in the last five Tests that we’ve been outplayed. We deserved to lose this game, the way we went about things,” he said.

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Government Clears 804-Strong Squad For 18th Asian Games In Indonesia

New Delhi: The Sports Ministry has cleared a 804-member Indian contingent for the Asian Games to be held in Indonesia from the 18th of this month.  

The ministry cleared all the athletes and officials recommended by the Indian Olympic Association with the  rider  that only 49 officials can be part of the contingent at the cost of their respective federations.

The government will bear the cost of 572 athletes, 183 officials, 119 coaches and 21 doctors and physiotherapists and 43 other extra officials.