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Virat Kohli and his boys are on a mission and that is to beat Joe Root's England in their own backyard as 5-match Test series gets underway on August 1.

In the past five years, India have won just one of their six Test series outside of Asia, against a struggling West Indies.

England's 1000th Test match will be played at Edgbaston against India.

But if the current prolonged hot weather in England continues, the upcoming series may well be played on dry and dusty pitches, more akin to the surfaces that are found in India, rather than traditional green English seamers.

Smith selected Buttler, England's white-ball wicket-keeper, in the unusual role of a specialist number seven Test batsman and was rewarded with back-to-back fifties.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah may be unfit for the first Test but the likes of Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav have shown themselves to be capable operators outside of Asia. India are a fantastic team, in all conditions as well now. "They seem to make the right decision a lot of the time".

Buttler played for Rajasthan Royals in this year's IPL and scored 548 runs at 54.80 with five half-centuries including two unbeaten 90s.

England face Kohli's men in the first Test at Edgbaston on Wednesday, with Buttler keen to build on the encouraging return to the five-day format he made during a recent 1-1 drawn home campaign with Pakistan.

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But Mohammad Azharuddin, the India batting great, believes everything is now in place for Kohli to have a successful series. The main hurdle which may cost India the coveted series is Joe Root, who is the skipper of the host in Test cricket. The Indian top order got a chance of batting for a second time but Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara failed again.

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

"It just takes one good innings to get into your rhythm".

In contrast, India boasts six bowlers inside the top-30, including two spinners in Ravindra Jadeja (third) and Ravichandran Ashwin (fifth), and four fast bowlers, namely Mohammed Shami (17th), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (25th), Ishant Sharma (26th) and Umesh Yadav (28th).

Left-armer Ravindra Jadeja is an experienced campaigner while left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav has forced his way in after impressing during the preceding one-day series.

To commemorate the occasion, Jeff Crowe, former New Zealand captain and member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, on behalf of the ICC, will present a silver plaque to England and Wales Cricket Board Chairman Colin Graves before the start of the Test.

The bowler said that he doesn't want a situation where he is dropped for poor form.


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