India eager to cement No 1 status with series win in England

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England's first ever Test match was played when a team arranged and led by James Lillywhite played Australia between March 15 and March 19, 1877.

"Someone like Virat Kohli is an immensely talented guy, but while also watching him go about it, you see that mentality of getting to the top".

"They've got a good relationship, I think, they seem to get on really well and they'd have played a lot of cricket together growing up. That is a skill", Buttler told reporters at The Oval.

Boria Majumdar, a top Indian cricket analyst, also backed Kohli to shine in England.

"There are a few guys I have played with", said Buttler. "I feel like I have learnt a hell of lot from watching guys train and go about their practice, ways they react to certain pressure moments in a game as well".

Asked if Rashid, 30, may find it hard to give his best in England's 1,000th Test, which starts on Wednesday, Cook said: "I think probably in the past he would have".

"I think there has already been small conversations saying don't be disheartened if you are left out for a Test match". While Kohli captained Moeen and Woakes at the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Buttler along with Ben Stokes played under Ajinkya Rahane for the Rajasthan Royals.

On the other hand, current Indian skipper Virat Kohli didn't have the best of tours in 2014.

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He is enjoying a rich vein of form and now Jos Buttler believes that the friendships formed with the Indian players over the course of the Indian Premier League will not be a factor and will be "forgotten" during the upcoming Test series.

Cheteshwar Pujara may not have been able to do anything especially in England since April but Virat Kohli will not be in a position to remove him.

The former England captain concedes the leg-spinner might in his younger years have found it tough to set aside the furore which has followed his shock inclusion in a 13-man squad to face India at Edgbaston this week. "It will be highly competitive".

"Absolutely, it is a huge series".

A celebration of the team will take place on Friday at Edgbaston, the third day of the first Specsavers Test against India.

"What you have to remember is people can get on well, but the reason guys have got to worldwide sport is they want to win and are competitive". "But having said that, India have a great chance of winning in England this time".

At the back-end of their careers, the 36-year-old Anderson took a six-week break to get rid of his shoulder injury while the 32-year-old Broad had limped off during a county match earlier this season.

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