Joe Root salutes display of 'brilliant' Sam Curran


"Fabulous advert for the game of cricket, isn't it?" But, after accepting that Malan had "tied his shoes on for his hands" at Edgbaston, he said Joe Root was not as reliable in the slips as was sometimes presumed and that Stokes was reluctant to field there.

The India skipper was speaking after England beat his side by 31 runs in a thrilling first Test at Edgbaston.

"I don't think it'll be any different for India. We can be proud of the team for starting like this in a big series".

Like Ravichandran Ashwin in the opposite camp, the English skipper too defended his batsmen, saying that the conditions were suited to pacers in the game and that both bowling attacks exploited them well.

Meanwhile, despite the prospect of a nail-biting finish, Root said he remained calm and praised the patience of his bowlers as they went in search of the final Indian wickets.

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

India picked 20 wickets for the seventh consecutive away Test match. There's nothing he can do about his height, he just has to make the best of the natural skills he has which, as was on show at Edgbaston this morning, is making the ball swing. But we're very much in the hunt here.

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Batting did seem hard on an Edgbaston surface that had quite a lot for the bowlers. "I think it made us stronger as a family and me stronger as a person". (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)Ravichandran Ashwin was able to show his worth in the Test side.

He lauded the players for showing determination in tough situations. But one thing that really stands out for me is that inner drive and determination from this group of players. He was defensive and crouched in his approach when facing Anderson, while he tricked the likes of Stuart Broad, Adil Rashid and Sam Curran to give himself more room to play. The second-highest scorer for India in the Test, Hardik Pandya, made 53 runs, or just over a quarter of Kohli's runs.

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.

"We've just got to be positive, fearless, enjoy our cricket and try and take the negatives out of the equation, look at the positives and try and build on those". This is not in the right spirit of the game.

"I've got no concerns about it - Ben has no concerns about it (either)", added Bayliss.

"It was no preparation at all", Gavaskar told "India Today" channel, referring to the three-day warm-up game. While he scored a total of 200 runs in the Test, the rest of the Indian batsmen managed to put together only 14 runs more than that one man. That's all you can ask as a captain, the guys to do as you ask, and under pressure to stay as calm as we did.

England are still in with a chance largely thanks to the all-round contribution of 20-year-old Sam Curran - who followed his first-innings four-wicket haul with a maiden Test half-century to inspire the recovery second time round from 87 for seven to 180 all out.