India series opener to be England's 1000th Test, ICC congratulates

Englands bowler James Anderson celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of R Ashwin on day one of the third Test match against England in Kolkata on Wednesday

James Anderson has picked 540 wickets in Test matches for England

"They seem to make the right decision a lot of the time - that is a skill".

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.

"The hunger to do it day in day out.that hunger really shines through in those top players".

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.

"And I think one thing that people should remember what sets them apart in the modern era-people who watch shouldn't remember how many runs they score or what innings they played".

"It is hard to judge different players as I think they both are match-winning players".

Kevin Pietersen, whose last worldwide appearance was the terrible Ashes series Down Under in the 2013-14 season, finds a place in the best-ever England's Test XI announced by the European Central Bank on Monday.

"I think it's a balance that is required and we've played enough cricket at this level to understand that".

The 32-year-old Broad, who is returning to action after recovering from an ankle injury, felt that he is back to full fitness ahead of the gruelling five-Test rubber against No.1-ranked India.

"There's a few guys I've played well and have friendships with".

England fans have voted for the nation's best ever Test XI, with current stars Joe Root, Alastair Cook and James Anderson all making the cut alongside favourite faces from the past.

Cook said that he is feeling fresh for the challenge against India, a side against whom he has had a lot of success at Edgbaston.

In the past five years, India have won just one of their six Test series outside of Asia, against a struggling West Indies. Moeen played with Virat at RCB and [Yuzvendra] Chahal.

Vijay's only cricket since the Afghanistan Test in Bengaluru came in India A's loss to England Lions recently, in which he scored 8 and 0, and the Essex fixture. "It will be highly competitive", Buttler reiterates.

Rashid averages 42.78 after 10 Tests and earned his last cap in December 2016, but he has been given an opportunity to resurrect his red-ball career after several encouraging displays in the limited-overs series against Australia and India this summer. What you have to remember is people can get on well but the reason guys have got to worldwide sport is they want to win and are competitive so it will be no different on the field. England against India is arguably now a series which rivals the Ashes for theatre and intensity.

"To be selected in the best-ever England men's Test XI side by cricket fans across the country is incredibly humbling", said Root.

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