'Steely' Curran stars as England prepare for life without Stokes

Ben Stokes was sent packing when Sam Curran jumped out of the way. Image Fox Sports  GettyMore

Ben Stokes was sent packing when Sam Curran jumped out of the way. Image Fox Sports GettyMore

As of now, let's look at few of the records created and broken from the first Test.

He was a genius waging a lone battle.

"They should have played at least two three-day games and proper first-class games". It hardly swings for half-a-dozen overs or so, but the red-ball keeps swinging.

Despite his heroics, the visitors, however, failed to cross the line as most batsmen perished in trying to play across the line against the moving ball.


Following his splendid showing in his side's loss to England at Edgbaston, India skipper Virat Kohli has come in for some serious praise from Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara.

The batsmen to lose ground after the Edgbaston Test include Alistair Cook 17th (down by four places), Lokesh Rahul 19th (down by one place), Ajinkya Rahane 22nd (down by three places), Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dawan, who now share 25th position after slipping two and one spots, respectively, and Ben Stokes 33rd (down by five places). Of not just Kohli the player leading a one-man show, but mostly that of a captain sticking his head out to make his team and his country proud. England too looked vulnerable at Edgbaston. When that offer was declined, Stokes is alleged to have become abusive to the doorman and then mimicked and mocked a young gay couple who were leaving the club. Their slip cordon performed just as badly as India's. Instead, he suggested Jos Buttler could be the man to replace Malan.

The trial is expected to last between five and seven days.

One does not know whether the unpredictable selections by Kohli and Shastri are surprising their opponents but they are certainly unsettling Team India.


Malan has paid for his poor form of late, and Bayliss admits the low-scoring nature of the titanic match in Birmingham has put batsmen under the microscope. However, the Three Lions held their nerve and got a close win of 31 runs.

With Jadeja, at the least, there will be no release of pressure and no freebies. The ODIs were played in the sub-continent (with the exception of the Champions Trophy and the series against West Indies). Ravi Shastri constantly talks about the need to stay focussed and not panic. It couldn't have been, given that he was let-down repeatedly by his teammates who lost their wickets cheaply leaving their captain and the team adrift.

Talking about Kohli's wicket, Stokes said: "Kohli played a brilliant knock in the first innings, but with the ball swinging he was trying to move across to play for that inswinger but actually the one that I was trying to swing away, he maybe leant over and missed one for a change". Application demanded he tighten up. Nevertheless, the lanky pacer has attributed his figures of 5-51 in the second innings to his county stint with Sussex earlier this summer.

The jury heard from Nicholas Corsellis, prosecuting, that Stokes, who has been charged with affray alongside Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, "lost control and started to attack with revenge, retaliation or punishment in mind" after he, or those he was with, believed they were being attacked with a bottle by Ali and a piece of metal pulled from a street sign by Hale.


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