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Ravi Shastri that India would be looking to play a couple of practice games when they tour Australia later in the year.
At 87 per cent, India’s catch conversion rate during the Test series in England has been their second best in the last five years.
While the complex ICC Test ranking system helped India regain their pole position, Shastri maintained that he will take heart from the fact that the side put up a good show.
England series loss: Gavaskar feels Virat Kohli needs to learn about field placements, bowling changes
He also thought that chief coach Shastri's intention was not to insult the teams of yesteryears but only to talk up his own boys.
Critics and former captains have rounded on the coach, particularly for his mid-series claim that his team is the best to come out of India in 15 years.
"That's your opinion, thank you very much," that was Virat Kohli's retort when questions were raised on Ravi Shastri's best Indian team claim after the crushing Test series loss to England.
Kohli is, in fact, right when he says that barring Lord's Test, they were not totally outplayed but England played better cricket during key moments during the 1-4 loss.
If 134 runs in 10 innings was the abysmal statistic that the current India skipper had to take back home with him, Rahul has one more chance to make his 150 runs, 9 innings burden slightly lesser.
India could make a couple changes for this game, with Ravindra Jadeja lining up to replace R Ashwin, who is recovering from a hip injury, and Hanuma Vihari in line for a debut Test.
India competed well in three of the four Tests but could not cross the finish line because of batting fragilities and inability to contain English tail.
India have never chased a target of 200 plus outside the sub-continent in the past three decades and the script didn't change this time round.
Bangar said India could have been in a better position had Pandya and Ashwin applied themselves a little more.
Kohli is calling for his players to capitalise on the momentum they have gathered after victory at Trent Bridge.
Here is a comparative analysis to assess where the two teams stand ahead of the fourth Test at Rose Bowl in Southampton.
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