Former England captain Michael Atherton believes that India should take a 2-0 lead in the five-match Test series, as the Virat Kohli-led India team has performed so far on the England tour. India were bowled out for 120 in the second Test at the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground, where India won by 151 runs. It was Team India’s third win at Lord’s. Atherton’s statement has been since the conquest of India. India have now taken a 1-0 lead in the five-match Test series. The first Test in Birmingham between the two sides ended in a draw.
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Former English captain Atherton wrote in his column for The Telegraph, “However, home conditions inevitably focus on Monday’s final day in England.” His aggressiveness of the game, his desire to win and his skill set have brought him out of difficult moments. Team India are in a good position in the Trent Bridge Test. But the last day of the match was washed away by rain and the match ended in a draw. Had it not been for rain, India would have won the match and they would now have taken a 2-0 lead in the series.
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In the first match of the five-match Test series at Nottingham, India needed 157 runs to win on the fifth and final day with nine wickets in hand. But on this day, not a single ball was thrown by the rain and India were deprived of victory. Because of this the first game was drawn with no result. However, Team India did well in the Lord’s Test and won the second Test and took a 1-0 lead in the five-match Test series. The third Test between the two teams will be played at Headingley from August 25.
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Atherton added, ‘England have played both starters in their absence. These include big names like Ben Stokes, Joffra Archer, Chris Vox and Stuart Broad. In the first two Tests, England have benefited from the presence of their two legendary players – James Anderson and Joe Root – and this is Test cricket. Senior players can fix many of the team’s shortcomings. England did not make a collective effort in both Tests.