ICC congratulates England on their 1000th Men's Test

Allan Lamb England India

Former England captain Allan Lamb feels India would start as the favourites against England in the Test series

"It might be a fifty in hard conditions or a 150 on a flat wicket when your performance helps your side win the match, that's what you should be proud of", Gooch added.

When Team India toured England in 2014, most of the players were playing in England for the first time.

England batsmen have made 856 centuries, including 57 double-hundreds and five triples - Len Hutton against Australia in 1938, Wally Hammond against New Zealand in 1933, Gooch against India in 1990, Andy Sandham against the West Indies in 1930 and John Edrich against New Zealand in 1965.

"The biggest thing I have learnt from the IPL is that it's obvious what the best players do and why they are the standouts", said Buttler.

He has great respect for Kohli, however, and especially the trained ability he shares with other superstar players to nearly always play the right shot at the right time.

"If I'm stupid to suggest that he should have played a four-day game leading into a test series against the number one team in the world - I firmly believe the cricketing world has gone nuts if he thinks he doesn't have to do that", said Vaughan.

Kuldeep Yadav may well be lurking among them, having been chosen in India's Test squad after proving so effective against England in the preceding white-ball encounters. He says the Indians are now a very strong side and they are "improving all the time". "I am sure with two good teams; it will be a good contest".

Alastair Cook captained England in more Tests than any other player, 59, with Michael Atherton, Michael Vaughan and Andrew Strauss also reaching 50 games in charge.

Former Yorkshire and England opener Boycott, however, branded the decision "absurd" and claimed Rashid's attitude towards his county "makes him look like a spoilt brat".

"Sometimes in the past, India have struggled when they have travelled overseas".

"And Virat Kohli is very determined to do well".

"On behalf of the cricket family, I want to congratulate England on their 1000th men's Test match, the first country to reach this milestone", ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said in a statement.

"It is going to be a very close series".

"Wrist-spinners, we all know they are wicket-takers - and right now, in England weather-wise, it's like playing in Mumbai or Chennai". No rain really for eight weeks. Probably, it is hotter than what it is in India at the moment. I think he'll be fine. You get these opportunities to play around the world and meet these great people. "The team has been changing as we're finding out different things about different players and different combinations", he said.

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