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The 27-year-old is set to miss the second match of the ongoingTest series between India and England because of the trial. The vice-captain Rahane was dropped from the playing eleven and replaced by Rohit for the first two matches of last winter's three-Trest series in South Africa.

England pacer Chris Woakes has replaced all-rounder Ben Stokes from the second Test as he would be appearing in Bristol today to answer charges of affray during a pub brawl.

Chasing 194 in the fourth innings, India had a great chance of winning, provided their skipper Virat Kohli stayed till the end.

There were other freaky decisions taken by the Team India management on the South African tour. You can taper off later, but not at the start.

After losing the ODI series 2-0, Team India led by MS Dhoni were attempting to bounce back in the 2 match Test series. There were 14 days in between. Former England captain Nasser Hussain wondered why Ashwin was taken off for one hour at that stage, despite an average of 19 against left-handed batsmen like Curran who went on to top-score with 60.

Former England skipper Nasser Hussain blamed Indian captain Virat Kohli for the loss and said that Kohli, the captain, should be blamed for the defeat in the first Test. "Kohli was phenomenal in this game. On occasion, it can make people nervous I dare say, but on the whole, it animates them", he added. "Perhaps a move to No 6 would further bolster his batting confidence and if he can also profit from watching Stokes' efforts with the ball, this could be a defining series for the talented all-rounder", Chappell said. "And the white ball doesn't move as much as the red one, and the Duke ball particularly moves even more", he pointed out.

In one sense England need Stokes more than he needs them, as he is among the first generation who can play Twenty20 tournaments rather than Tests to enjoy a lucrative career.

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Yet having left him out when he had not been charged, the European Central Bank curiously allowed Stokes to be recalled for the subsequent tour of New Zealand when he had pleaded not guilty to affray. They then went on to win on a brute of a pitch in Johannesburg. The other 10 players collectively could manage 214, out of which 51 came from Hardik Pandya. If a bowler bowls a no-ball in a match, he won't get a wicket.

Another error India had made, according to Gavaskar, was going in without an extra batsman.

Stokes, 27, served notice of just what Joe Root's men will be missing when, in typical fashion, he seized the initiative to bowl England to a 31-run victory in the first Test at Edgbaston on Saturday.

While Kohli made 200 runs in the Test, the other four in the top-five aggregated only 99.

"I know he (Pujara) has struggled but I would have liked him to come in at number three, especially since he is likely to play a steady innings, blunt James Anderson and Stuart broad, and enable Kohli to come a bit later when it is not moving a lot", he observed. "Virat adjusted temperamentally. The bat-speed in one-day cricket is higher, because you're looking to play shots".

He also agreed with Ashwin's remark that Dukes ball is the best for Test cricket at the moment.


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