England vs India 2018: Ravindra Jadeja Vouches for Visitors to Return Stronger

England vs India 2018: Ravindra Jadeja Vouches for Visitors to Return Stronger

Earlier, they thrashed the visitors in the first Test too. Victory left England 2-0 up in this five-match series after their 31-run win in the first Test at Edgbaston last week.

England captain Joe Root speaking to TMS: "We still had to exploit the conditions - the seam group were outstanding. And we deserved to lose", he said. You have to counter the conditions as and when they come to you.

England all-rounder Chris Woakes celebrates his maiden test ton as India are trounced at Lord's.

Ben who? England did not miss their absent friend in the least at Lord's where they moved to the brink of a series win against the best team in the world by dominating an utterly one-sided second Test. Meanwhile, Jonny Bairstow, who scored 93, progressed to the ninth spot in the batting chart.

England celebrate with man of the match Chris Woakes.

The only question then was whether India could take the game into a final day but the answer emphatically was that they could not, with Anderson again magnificent in going past 100 wickets at Lord's and Woakes again superb. "I should be okay", he said.

He now has 553 Test wickets and is just 10 behind Australian Glenn McGrath's record for the most wickets taken by a seamer in Test cricket.

But the pick of the England attack this time was their other thoroughbred in Stuart Broad, who galloped in from the Pavilion End to take four wickets in a brilliant seven-over spell only ended by another untimely rain delay.

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While England openers - Alastiar Cook and Keaton Jennings - did not set anything on fire, the contributions from their Indian counterparts - KL Rahul and Murali Vijay - were even more miserable.

India captain Virat Kohli batted with a lower back pain in the second Test against England but is confident of regaining full fitness ahead of the next game starting in Nottingham on 18 August.

With the India captain hampered by his back, Broad forced him on to the back foot and kept him playing and missing outside off stump, before Kohli gloved the ball on to his hip and the catch was taken by Ollie Pope at a deepish short leg.

Rahane's exit brought in Kohli, the world's top-ranked batsman coming in at number five rather than his usual number four position because of a stiff back.

Broad was on a roll and Virat Kohli was the next to go.

The wasted review proved disastrous, as Karthik was adjudged lbw very next ball.

However, after scoring a combined total of 40 runs in the second Test, Kohli's performance had declined to such an extent that he has lost points.

How the Indian team reacts after this reversal and how the under-fire players walk out again when the third Test begins at Trent Bridge will now only give us an indication of their character, but it will also help them save their own careers.

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