Kohli questions England's ability to cope with pressure

Kohli questions England's ability to cope with pressure

Kohli questions England's ability to cope with pressure

Jason Roy has been batting in the nets without any discomfort.

India's so-called Bharat Army fans are expected to outnumber England's Barmy Army supporters in a Sunday sellout at the around 25,000-capacity Edgbaston in what will feel like a home game for India. Buttler would be crucial for England's chances in the game. Jofra Archer might be lethal if he regains full fitness.

Archer did not bowl on Friday but rolled his arms on Saturday.

Archer, meanwhile, has been suffering from some stiffness in his side.

"Provided he gets through today's practice and tomorrow morning unscathed, we think he might be fit to play".

"It depends on the significance of the risk", he said. "If it's a couple of weeks, yes".

India, with 11 points from six games, are now placed second in the table, need to win just one game of their remaining three matches to qualify for the semifinals. So we'll see how he comes through today.

"The exact same rule applies", he said. "But I won't rush him, if it rules him out for a longer period", Morgan said. If it's going to be short term, yes.

Speaking to reporters ahead of India's match against hosts England, Kohli also sought to play down the controversy surrounding Mahendra Singh Dhoni's performance. Morgan however, begged to differ.

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Morgan said: "The way Jason plays - there are two sides to it".

"As regards to conditions, they are what they are". For numerous players, this will be the biggest game of their lives.

"We want to play at the best wicket possible, we bat deep, we bat strong".

"But once the Ashes start it's all about that particular game that we're playing and just trying to get points on the board to try and win the Ashes back, which is kind of the main focus and has been for most of the summer really". So it's an area that we'd be more confident playing. I think it's right up there.

Chris Millard, managing director of England cricket's Barmy Army supporters group, said: "The way the tickets have been dealt with has not been the most efficient way of getting real cricket fans into the grounds". From there on, as every team has said repeatedly, it's a matter of having two good days and the World Cup could be yours. In order for us to adapt well to these wickets, we do need to be on the better side of our game'.

England have not beaten India in the World Cup since 1992 and need to end that run on Sunday.

The ICC Cricket World Cup is now well and truly underway with several matches already done and dusted.

However, the difference in body language - not always a reliable indicator, but occasionally valuable - between England's players and India's is a study in contrast. I think it was this time last year or the year before, one or the other.

India's success has been built largely on the strength of their bowling unit. We're very proud to wear it. Correspondent with Cricket Country. But it will all be just tinkering at the edges if England repeat the errors of their last two matches and fail to adapt to pitches which have lacked the pace their batsmen enjoy.

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