England´s story in Test cricket as they reach 1,000 games

R Ashwin at he nets for India ahead of Essex warm-up game at Chelmsford

R Ashwin at the nets on eve of India Essex warm-up game

"Someone like Kohli is an immensely talented guy but also watching him go about it you see that mentality of getting to the top". "They seem to make the right decision a lot of the time".

But Buttler, speaking to reporters at The Oval, said there had been more to his personal IPL experience than the five successive half-centuries he made for the Rajasthan Royals, culminating with two unbeaten 90s, in this year's edition.

"We are not anxious at all, because both are really quality batsmen", said India s Ajinkya Rahane of his top-order colleagues.

W.G. Grace only played 22 Tests, the last of which in 1899, but is one of the sport's most influential figures, while Graham Gooch and Alec Stewart occupy numbers two and three on England's run-scoring charts.

"I am sure there will be moments in the Test series, especially on the field, when those things look like they have been forgotten", said Buttler. "People can get on well, know people well, but it's worldwide sport, and the reason guys have got there is because they want to win so it'll be no different".

Former captain Alastair Cook says leg-spinner Adil Rashid is mature enough to handle the pressure following his controversial recall to the England squad for this week's first Test against India.

"I wish England all the best in this historic match and may it continue to produce players and performances that inspire the following of Test cricket, the oldest and most demanding format of the game".

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"The team will be celebrated with a day of activity at Edgbaston on Day three of the Specsavers Test against India on Friday 3rd August. There is a lot more familiarity between the sides than there ever has been before".

The votes have been cast and counted and we can reveal that your favourite of England's 999 Tests to date is the 2005 Ashes thriller at Edgbaston. "Virat will be desperate to score runs for his team, as you would expect from the captain and one of the best players in the world", Anderson told the Press Trust of India news agency in London.

At Edgbaston alone, the venue of the 1000th Test, England have played 50 Tests to date since their first Test in May 1902 against Australia, winning 27, losing eight with 15 ending in draws.

"I have good memories against India but it is about reinforcing the enjoyment factor and the incredible opportunity to play Test cricket. It will be highly competitive", Buttler reiterates.

With less than 48 hours to go until the start of the first Test between India and England in Birmingham, India's think tank has a few issues to address.

"Australia is a huge series for England, but in this day and age India are not far behind".

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