Virat Kohli wants demoralised India to rise as Stokes returns

It was Stokes's major contribution on his return to the side four days after being cleared of affray.

Virat Kohli, who appeared to be struggling with a lower-back issue during the second Test at Lord's, stated that he was fit for the upcoming Test match. However, Vijay seemed particularly unlucky to have lost his place at the top of the order, having been dismissed by two unplayable balls in the second Test. First slip to the spinner is an important position and he made that catch look quite easy even though it came quick. "Today didn't go as well as he would have liked it to have gone, he'd have liked a couple of wickets, but that's the game". On the other hand England all-rounder Chris Woakes said that there is always an added pressure on bowlers to do well after the team elects to bowl first. I'm sure Sam will play a part in the series, going forward.

You'll get a tough first session here in England and you've got to tough it out, and I think they did that pretty well. He admitted that the team has not played well and needed to up their game if they are to make a comeback. "When the sun was out, they capitalised, and I thought they played really well in that middle period". "Sometimes you have to sit in and be patient".

The last time these two sides clashed here was back in 2014 when India scored 457 and 391/9 on a batting friendly surface, while England, who batted once, scored 496 as the match ended in a draw. It's getting more and more hard for England to break this partnership. He's desperate to get out there, put in performances and concentrate on his cricket now.

England's Stuart Broad finally gets the breakthrough with the wicket of India's vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane who departs on 81.

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"If he could do that when he's on nought, that'd be nice", Woakes said. And if he is a debutant then even getting off the mark is a big ask.

Woakes, who came in second change, picked all three wickets to fall in the session, pushing his case to not just be a regular in this England XI but also take the new ball ahead of Stuart Broad. But Woakes said: "He was unfortunate to get a wasp in his mouth. It's not the ideal situation but he's fine".

The 27-year-old Stokes is plunged straight back into the spotlight after an 11-month saga ended when he was found not guilty of affray following the late-night street brawl in Bristol last September after England had won a one-day global against West Indies. "The pitch wore well as it went on, but if it hits the seam, there's something in there".

Kohli, playing with a back injury, didn't put a foot wrong during his 152-ball stay at the crease and it was his 159-run stand for the third wicket with Ajinkya Rahane that fashioned the first sense of authority by an Indian pair in this series.

Joe Root wins the toss and opted to field in the third Test between India and England at Trent Bridge on Saturday.

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