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Rohit Sharma open to solving India's opening order woes in Tests

Rohit Sharma open to solving India's opening order woes in Tests

It may be that even if India had enjoyed more county games leading into the current series, an unusually hot and dry summer prior to last week's second Test at Lord's would have still left them ill-prepared for the classically English overcast and swing-friendly conditions their batsmen failed to cope with in an innings and 159-run defeat.

He was declared fit and he will now be available for selection for the third Test starting August 18 as India look to turn tables after losing the first two Tests of the five-match series.

The decline of the draw has also led to a greater number of lopsided series. Though later International Cricket Body changed the rankings back to normal, ICC's Tweet has created quite a buzz on the micro-blogging site.

"Just believe in yourself", he said. "I have had it a couple of times before so I knew how to handle it", he said. "There is no reason why [you can't fight back]", Shastri told the media about his interaction with the team. "It's actually a good situation to be in because you literally have no room for thinking about anything else apart from what the team requires at that particular moment from you throughout the course of the Test match". In spite of what happened in the last Test, conditions favoured England and that is no excuse whatsoever, it can happen to any side. There was no fight shown by the Indian batters and yes the conditions were a little hard in both the innings for them, but you don't expect this team to bundle out in literally three days. That's where character and mental resolve comes into play. As per Wednesday, the page went back to assigning the players their original ranking. Leave a lot of balls.

"We need to focus on this Test match and not think about whether someone's career is on the line", said Kohli.

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"To be ready, I am doing everything, training, doing as much as possible to give myself the best chance when the opportunity comes there", he added. "In the nets, he's moving much better and improving by the day". However, it will be on the team management and the captain and the coach to take the final call.

"I want to be part of the (Test) team, but it is not in my hands". A dry wicket was expected but rain washed out the first day's play and continued to interrupt play over the four days of the match.

With the trio of KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay struggling, Rohit was posed a question if he would like to open the innings in Test matches too.

In case he is unfit Umesh Yadav should be the bowler they should go for.


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