Curran can take centre stage for England

Curran can take centre stage for England

If we stayed calm and trusted all the previous areas we'd been bowling then we'd get our rewards.

"The series is set up nicely now".

Moreover, Ashwin was too good for Stuart Broad when he bowled a ideal in-swinger to the southpaw batsman. These guys are under no illusions we've got things to work on batting-wise and catching-wise.

The five-wicket haul was a supreme effort and it gave us glimpses of the 7/74 performance he delivered in 2014 at Lord's.

Regarding Stokes, the England captain added, "When he turns up to practice or as soon as he puts on an England shirt he's so dedicated to this group of players, to this team and whatever happens going forward he's going to be a big part of this dressing room".

I've always felt with Ashwin that he reacts badly to being hit. Several slip chances went down to the despair of bowlers on both sides, who deserved better support from their fielders. We could have been in a much different position now.

Batting did seem hard on an Edgbaston surface that had quite a lot for the bowlers. "With that sort of a game hedging on the balance I thought we did compete really well through the game".

"It was a great surface that made for some great Test cricket and I think it's important that you don't underestimate how well people have bowled on there", said Root. Of not just Kohli the player leading a one-man show, but mostly that of a captain sticking his head out to make his team and his country proud.

"Wherever you play in close games like this, you desperately want to be on the right side of it for so many reasons". Second-best to Adelaide. One that I'll remember.

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Root, the orchestrator of an outstanding collective which prevailed by 31 runs on the fourth morning at Edgbaston, rightly proclaimed a wonderfully absorbing contest as a "fabulous advert" for Test cricket. We made sure we didn't get ahead of ourselves and after three days of fantastic cricket from both sides it gives us a lot of confidence going into the next game.

India began day four needing 84 runs for victory.

Kohli scored 149 and 51 in India's 31-run defeat and has gone up by 31 points, which have helped him to end Steve Smith's 32-month reign as the top-ranked batsman and reach the top of the summit for the first time in his 67-Test career.

Talking about England's game plan for this second innings, Root said that he wanted to cut off runs for the batsmen and the hosts knew that one wicket would lead into two or three given the conditions.

Curran spoke after the match, saying: "I can't take it all in".

"We are trying to get everyone out".

Hardik Pandya emerged instead as the only threat to England, but he was last out in a total of 162 when he edged Stokes to Alastair Cook at slip.

"I ve got no concerns about it - Ben has no concerns about it (either)", he said.

India managed to see out the opening spells of England's Big Two - James Anderson and Stuart Broad - but instead lost three top-order wickets in a hurry to the 20-year-old Sam Curran.

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