India vs England: Buttler wants England to be more clinical against Kohli

first_imgEngland vice-captain Jos Buttler wants his team to be more clinical against Virat Kohli and his team as they look to extend their lead over India in the second Test at Lord’s starting today.Virat Kohli scored his maiden Test hundred in the first Test at Edgbaston. However, the batsman was dropped twice before he brought up his century and Buttler is happy that England bowlers made it difficult for Kohli to score runs.”It was a brilliant hundred from Kohli in the first innings, but you have to give the bowlers credit too. He really had to battle for all of his runs, and we created some chances which weren’t taken. That’s something for us to work on this week, trying to be more clinical,” Buttler wrote on Sky Sports.The hosts lead 1-0 in the five-match series following their 31-run victory in Birmingham.”Even though we won at Edgbaston, there are definitely some areas for us to work on. We were 216-3 in the first innings, with Root and Jonny Bairstow going very well, and we didn’t capitalise on that. And then, bowling, we had India 100-5, but allowed them to get up close to our score.India vs England: Virat Kohli wants composure from his batsmen at Lord’s”They are a couple of areas we need to brush up on while, individually, I had a very quiet game, so I’m looking to contribute a lot more.I still feel in a good place. I’ve been in the form of my life this summer, so I’m trying not to let one poor game to affect that. I’ll work hard in the nets this week, and I look forward to what is always a special occasion playing at Lord’s.”advertisementBatting dilemma, strategical changes in line for India ahead of Lord’s TestAll-rounder Ben Stokes, who played an influential role in the Edgbaston win, is not a part of the Lord’s Test and Buttler said it is going to be a “massive miss”.”Stokes is going to be a massive miss at Lord’s, but we knew he wasn’t going to be involved. And, any time he isn’t in the side, it gives the chance to others to try and fill his shoes, just as Sam Curran did at Edgbaston. He has an incredibly bright future ahead of him.(With PTI inputs)last_img