England call on Buttler service for third Test

Captain Alastair Cook and the team management will ponder changes after a heavy defeat

Captain Alastair Cook and the team management will ponder changes after a heavy defeat

"Ben's working harder than anyone in the nets to try to fix things up, getting himself into a position that he is confident enough to score runs".

"I think Ben Duckett is a very talented player and I think we'll see him back in Test cricket again". "I think it is pretty fair for the game", Kohli told reporters on the eve of the third Test in Mohali. But there were some aspects of it over the last 10 days of cricket where we've played well and have managed to put India under pressure - certainly in the first game.

Buttler is responsible for England's three fastest ever one-day global hundreds, but in his 15 Tests so far averages only 30. Buttler is highly regarded in the England set-up not just for his talent, but his leadership qualities; he captained the England ODI side in Bangladesh.

Chris Woakes, rested for the second Test match, should be the one to come in, while there is also a chance of an extra fast bowler - unlikely owing to the nature of the pitch - or Gareth Batty getting a place in the playing XI at the expense of Zafar Ansari, who barely bowled in the second Test and is now struggling with a back injury.

"I think he's starting to get his head around that fact".

"Obviously, the wicketkeeper and the bowler are the main people involved, who have the best sight of where the ball hit the pad or if they heard a sound of the bat", Kohli said.

"If he does come in I think he'll give it his best shot, I'm sure".

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Cook believes the visitors can still draw positives from their 246-run loss, which leaves the tourists 1-0 down in the five-match series.

Cook also confirmed that Zafar Ansari was not fit for selection but delayed naming a full side until he had taken the chance to inspect the pitch and decide whether a third spinner or fourth seamer would be more appropriate.

"The difference with our spinner since Bangladesh is that we have been able to hit better areas and we've able to keep the run-rate lower than it was".

Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Friday gave a nod of approval to the Decision Review System, after the national team used it for the first time in a home series following years of resistance to the technology.

"We're under no illusions this is going to be a very, very hard Test series", he said.

England's batting has ebbed and flowed with only Cook and Ben Stokes showing real consistency, however there have been flashes of brilliance from Joe Root, Moeen Ali and 19-year-old Haseeb Hameed.

It will be great to get ahead of this game early, like we did at Rajkot, and then put some pressure on India. "If we can get ahead of them in Mohali, then we can put pressure on them", he added.

"I am particularly impressed with Rash (Rashid) because he's come in and done incredibly well".

Jos Buttler will be under orders to bring his limited-overs brilliance with him - if and when he returns to Test cricket against India.

"We're dealing with a very talented guy and he's earned an opportunity here".

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