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Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes to Miss Remainder of Australia ODI’s

England has ruled out Chris Woakes and all-rounder Ben Stokes from the remainder of the Royal London ODI series against Australia.

The decision was taken following the thigh and hamstring injuries suffered by the duo respectively. It was against Pakistan at the start of the month. The ECB had announced they would miss “the first part” of ongoing five-match ODI series against the Aussies.

In a release update on Monday ahead of the 3rd fixture in Trent Bridge. England will look to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. They further added Stokes would miss the rest of the ODI series.

However, they stated his recovery is progressing well. The all-rounder is expected to continue his rehabilitation with the squad for the 4th and the 5th ODI. He is expected to available by the time the T20I series starts against India early next month.

He is therefore expected to continue his rehabilitation with the squad during the fourth, and fifth ODIs. It will be with a view to being available again in time for the three-match Twenty20 international series against India. It is slated to begin early next month. Meanwhile, chances of Woakes returning for the limited-overs series against India looks bleak.

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Ben Stokes has something to prove after the first innings bleak show. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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“No return date can be specified at this stage,” read the ECB update –It further added Woakes wouldn’t be available at least till the start of the ODI series against India. The series starts on 12th July. The ECB statement read,

“Chris Woakes’ right quad tear, which he sustained at Emerald Headingley in the second Test against Pakistan earlier this month. It was at least in part due to a flare-up of a chronic right knee problem.

“He has had an injection for the knee issue last Monday. He will now undertake a rehabilitation and conditioning programme to address both injuries. A date for return cannot be specified at this stage, but he will not be available before the India Royal London ODI series.”

The ECB further stated the hamstring of Stokes is progressing well.

“(His) torn left hamstring is progressing well, at just over two weeks since he sustained the injury in the build-up to the second Test against Pakistan at Emerald Headingley.

Stokes can bat fully and back to 90% fitness

“He can bat fully and is now able to run at 90 per cent capacity. He will commence his return-to-bowling programme this week.

“The plan is for Ben to continue his rehabilitation programme with the England squad during the fourth and fifth ODI at Emirates Riverside and Emirates Old Trafford. He is expected to be involved in the preparation, with a view to being available to play in the IT20s against India starting next month.”

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Woakes collected two five-wicket hauls in Test cricket so far. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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Suresh Raina. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Suresh Raina to Replace Ambati Rayudu for ODI Series in England

The All India Selection Committee on Saturday named southpaw Suresh Raina as the replacement of Ambati Rayudu for the three-match ODI series against England.

Rayudu was part of the initial squad which was slated to tour England. However, he failed too clear the yo-yo test. It was held at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru which took place on 15th June 2018.

Rayudu was recalled to the national squad after a dream run in the Indian Premier League. He was the highest run-scorer for the eventual champions of the tournament, Chennai Super Kings. He looked in sensational touch and creamed the bowlers for audacious shots all through the IPL.

It looked that Rayudu has regained his lost touch which helped him make his ODI debut for India a few years ago.

Rayudu had the experience of playing in England before. In the limited opportunities he has got for India so far, Rayudu has scored over 1,000 runs. He has scored at an impressive average of 50 up. However, fitness has always been an area of concern for Rayudu. He hasn’t been one of the fittest going around. But his batting prowess was quite extraordinary during the IPL.

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As per the new rules of the BCCI, a player can only get selected in the national team if he clears the yo-yo test.

It has become mandatory for selection in the recent past. Ever since Virat and Ravi Shastri have joined, fitness got the utmost importance. They have made it pretty clear there is no place for unfit players even if you are brilliant in your respective roles.

It will be a comeback series for Raina, and he will look to make amends. He scored a sensational century against England when Inda toured England last time. However, Raina hasn’t played ODI cricket since October 2015. Hence it will be a big opportunity for him to make a permanent spot in the middle order. With the World Cup just a year away, this particular series will be very important for Raina.

India’s squad for ODIs against England: 

Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav.

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Ajinkya Rahane would play for India A ahead of the England Tests. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Ajinkya Rahane to Ply his Trade for India A ahead of England Tests

Team India vice-captain in Tests, Ajinkya Rahane, will be playing for India A ahead of India’s tour to England. A report in the PTI suggested he will be playing against the England Lions for the first game of India A. Rahane is not part of India’s limited-overs squad. He will try to figure out the conditions before the Test series which starts from August 1. Meanwhile India A side will be led by Karun Nair.

Rahane firm to return to form

If Rahane was part of the ODI and T20I squad he would have got acclimatised to the conditions. However, his only practice in England will be for the 2nd string Indian side.

Some top players are also expected to join Rahane in the squad. It will mostly consist of some of the Test specialists. Team India regular skipper Virat Kohli might play for India A as well.

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Ajinkya Rahane says India would not be taking Afghanistan lightly. Image Courtesy: BCCI

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There is a break of a couple of weeks between the Tests and the limited-overs series. Hence he might be seen in India A colours.

Virat looks to turn tables around

Virat was slated to play for Surrey in June to get used to the conditions. However, a neck injury ruled him out of the stint. Kohli has proved his fitness now and is all set to join the team for the two-match T20I series against Ireland followed by the extended tour of England.

According to the schedule of the England tour, India A will be playing England Lons in a tri-series also featuring Windies A. After that India A side will play first-class games against England Lions and the Windies A.

The players who are part of tri-series will start their campaign on 22nd June. Shreyas Iyer will lead the side, and they will be playing two practice games before that.

India A tour is a limited opportunity for the players to impress their selectors and make a case for themselves to represent the senior team. India A will be coached by the legendary Rahul Dravid who is also the coach of the U-19 team.

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Kolkata: Indian captain Virat Kohli addresses a press conference in Kolkata, on Nov 15, 2017. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

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Siddharth Kaul Excited to Share the Dressing Room with Suresh Raina, Jasprit Bumrah. Credit:: Twitter

Siddharth Kaul Ecstatic to Share the Dressing Room with Suresh Raina, Jasprit Bumrah

Young India seamer Siddharth Kaul is ecstatic to share the dressing room with senior cricketers Jasprit Bumrah and Suresh Raina in the upcoming tour to the UK.

Meanwhile, it will be a tough tour for Team India, as they have a poor record in the last few visits. India lost seven out of its past 11 Tests played in England. However, they have a very good chance to overhaul the host this time around.

India will start the tour with a three-match T20I series followed by three-match ODI series. Following the white ball game, a five-match Test will commence in August.

India, meanwhile, is battling it out with debutant Afghanistan in a one-off Test series. They are in line to register a thumping victory with the Afghans struggling with the bat in both the essays.

Sunrisers Hyderabad, Siddharth Kaul IPL 2018

Siddharth Kaul got his national call-up on the back of the impressive performances in the IPL. He represented Sunrisers Hyderabad and led the seaming attack. Kaul made it to both the ODI and T20I team for the tour.

Along with Kaul, Suresh Raina has also made a return to the ODI side. He was part of the T20I squad which toured South Africa early in the year. However, he is making an ODI comeback after October 2015.

Kaul, Raina, Bumrah clear yo-yo test

An elated Kaul took to Twitter to announce he cleared the mandatory yo-yo test earlier on Friday. Meanwhile, the players for the limited-overs series came together for a fitness test at the NCA.

Also, Kaul shared a picture with Jasprit Bumrah and Raina and expressed his excitement about sharing the dressing room with these players.

Excited Mein Aidaaa Cleared the Yo Yo Test. Can’t wait to share the dressing room with these fine gentlemen 🙂 #FitnessTest @ImRaina @Jaspritbumrah93,” the tweet read.

Raina also shared the same picture. Along with it, he added he is ready for the summer in England.

“See these happy faces; you get them when you are done with your exams. In this case, #FitnessTest. All set for am English summer with my brothers, @Jaspritbumrah93 and @sidkaul22 @iamsohamdesai,” hewrote along with the picture.

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Rahane aims for a merry run. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Ajinkya Rahane to Train in Mumbai Before England Tour

India’s stand-in skipper for Afghanistan Test, Ajinkya Rahane will train in Mumbai before the pivotal England tour.

Rahane is currently leading India in the one-off historic Test match against Afghanistan in the absence of regular captain, Virat Kohli.

Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane is India’s one of best Test batsmen in the foreign conditions.

In fact, Rahane was able to score a fine century against England at home of cricket, Lord’s on the previous tour of England in 2014. Consequently, India had gone on to win that Test match by 96 runs.

Ajinkya Rahane. Credits: K Murali Kumar/ Sportstar.

Rahane said he would train himself at the Bandra Kurla Complex. Meanwhile, Rahane surprisingly got dropped from the first two Test matches in South Africa.

“See, I don’t know what’s going to happen after this Test match. But yeah, I will definitely have a word with the selectors. But I will start my preparation in Mumbai as I always do at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). I always prepare intensely before each and every series but as of now the focus on this Test match. Each and every Test counts and we need to win this one,” Rahane said.

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Ajinkya Rahane says India would not be taking Afghanistan lightly. Image Courtesy: BCCI

Meanwhile, Rahane doesn’t want to make the mistake of taking Afghanistan lightly.

Furthermore, the stand-in skipper wants to be ruthless in his approach. Rahane added they need to give more than 100% in every match.

“We are not going to take Afghanistan lightly. They have a decent team…bowlers (are good). As a Test team, we cannot take anyone for granted because cricket is a funny game. We want to go out there and be ruthless. Yes, we respect them as our opponents but it’s important for us to go out there and give more than our 100. We just need to be ruthless,” the stylish right-hander added.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan skipper, Asghar Stanikzai had earlier said his team’s spinners are better than Indian spinners. However, Rahane added Jadeja and Ashwin have experience under their belt.

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Rahane. Photo Credit: AFP.

“Every member will like to believe that their team is good. We all know the stats but we don’t want to focus on the stats. Ashwin, Jadeja, and Kuldeep are experienced spinners. On a given day, it’s the mindset that makes a difference,” Rahane said.

There is no doubt Ajinkya Rahane is India’s best bet in the foreign conditions.

Ajinkya Rahane had done a good job when he had led India against Australia in the series decider in 2017 at Dharamshala.

Thus, Rahane will like to repeat his performance against the inexperienced Afghan team.

James Anderson
James Anderson was left frustrated regarding the schedule of the five-Test match series against India.

James Anderson Slams ‘Ridiculous’ Scheduling’ of Test Series against India

England’s pace spearhead, James Anderson has come down heavily on the crammed Test series schedule against India.

The 35-year old is set for a six-week spell on the sidelines after experiencing a recurrence of discomfort in a long-standing right shoulder injury.

England’s leading Test wicket-taker suffered a stress fracture in the shoulder in 2016. It had continued to trouble him since them. In fact, he had previously also said it hurts even when brushing his teeth or putting on a shirt.

As a result of the current recurrence of the injury, he will now miss Lancashire’s next two County Championship matches against Worcestershire and Hampshire later this month.

With an eye on the upcoming five-Test series against India in July, the England star is taking no chances.

James Anderson Slams 'Ridiculous' Scheduling' of Test Series against India 4
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However, the pacer is not at all happy with the way the series against India is scheduled.

“My shoulder has been an issue ongoing for the last couple of years. It is just managing it and looking after it best way I can,” he told BBC Radio’s Test Match Special.

“I just need to get in the gym and get it strong. The India schedule is ridiculous with five Tests in six weeks, and that will put a lot of stress on it,” he added. “The way the fixtures have fallen it is a shame I will miss some games for Lancashire.”

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Earlier, England coach Trevor Bayliss explained the rationale for resting Anderson.

“We have five Tests against India in a six-week period from August 1, which will be an intense and challenging period for all our bowlers, and therefore it’s vital that we ensure Jimmy goes into that series in the best possible condition,” said Bayliss.

“Jimmy has to manage the issue with his right shoulder. And we’ve been advised that the best way for him to prepare for the India series is to take a six-week break from cricket now. Initially to rest it and then to work slowly back to cricket,” he added. “That six-week period covers Lancashire’s two Championship matches (against Worcestershire and Hampshire) over the next three weeks. We will then monitor to see where Jimmy is at and ensuring he is ready for the India series.”

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Anderson recently played in both the Tests against Pakistan. The veteran pacer took nine wickets, as England drew the series 1-1.

He is now hopeful of returning to the first-class action in Lancashire’s ‘Roses match’ against traditional rivals Yorkshire in July.

“The idea is to put in the work now and be ready for the end of July Championship game against Yorkshire. And then get through the five Test matches if possible,” he said. “It is wear and tear. Rehab improves it and makes it feel better. It is just about trying to manage it through certain periods.”

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Graeme Swan. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

ENG vs IND 2018: Kuldeep, Chahal Could get the Better off English Batsmen – Graeme Swann

Former England off-spinner, Graeme Swann, backed the abilities of young Indian wrist-spinning duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, during the upcoming series against England.

The young wrist-spinners have been on a wicket-taking spree, since their introduction to International cricket. Chahal and Kuldeep ripped apart the South African batting line-up recently, with their guile and deception.

Both Chahal and Kuldeep were top wicket-takers in the six-match ODI, tumbling records for the most wicket taken by bowlers on South African spin.

Can spinning duo of Kuldeep, Chahal be 'X-factor' for India at 2019 World Cup?
Credit: BCCI

Swann cited out that during Pakistan’s visit last time, the likes of Yasir Shah remained successful. Which means according to Swann, English batters are still not adept to wrist spin?

Wrist spinners can do well in England. Yasir Shah did well for Pakistan last year. So, the English players don’t tend to bowl wrist spin or pick it very well. If they’re fit and they’re picked and bowled, they could do very well,” Graeme Swann maintained according to PTI.

Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have emerged in the international scene with some scintillating displays in the past year. Their ability to take wickets at regular intervals has meant them becoming the lead spinners for India in the limited overs format,” carried on Swann.

On Kohli’s Stint at Surrey

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India captain Virat Kohli would be hoping to turn the tables around when he leads India to England for Five-Match Test series in 2018. Image Courtesy: Getty Images.

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Although doubtful now, Virat Kohli was scheduled to feature for Surrey during June, to acclimatise to the conditions of England, which troubled him in the past, barring multilateral events.

It’s good Virat’s been given a chance to go play for Surrey. He’ll enjoy Surrey trust me. The wickets at the Oval are unbelievable to bat on. He will have a good tour,” suggested the most successful offie produced by England.

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Former England spinner Graeme Swann. Image Courtesy: Getty Images.

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That said, Swann hinted at the fact that his county stint won’t help him much due to the absence of quality bowlers such, as Broad and Anderson.

Unless he plays against Jimmy (James Anderson) or Broady (Stuart Broad) in county games, I don’t think it’ll help because they’re so much better than the county bowlers. But I think it’s good. I think it’s good that English cricket allowed foreign players to come over and train before,” concluded Graeme Swann.

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Virat Kohl won't be travelling to England for the County stint.

Virat Kohli’s County Stint Cut Short after Suffering Neck Sprain During IPL

After much excitement about Virat Kohli’s participation in the upcoming county season with Surrey, the India captain suffered severe “neck sprain” during the IPL, and his stint has now being curtailed.

Virat Kohli endured a horrendous outing in England in Tests the last time; scoring a mere 134 runs across ten innings with an average below 14. Now, to ensure the numbers doesn’t get repeated, he penned a deal with Surrey for June, which would not get underway now.

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Kohli had a disastrous tour of England in 2014. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

After a check-up at the Khar hospital, Indian captain Virat Kohli will not turn out for Surrey.

According to earlier reports, the doctor had also warned the 29-year old that he risks missing the England tour if he plays county cricket in June, as it will aggravate his injury and has advised him rest.

The India captain would undergo rehab from June 15th, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has ensured they would do the best to make sure Virat gets fit ahead of the UK tour. Ahead of the England tour which begins on July 3rd, India would face Ireland in T20I’s, on June 27th and 29th.

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Kohli played 47 international matches in the last season. (Photo Source: AFP)

Fortunately, Kohli will not be requiring any major surgery for the injury. He said,

“Yes, Virat has had fatigue issues and this is a case of workload management rather than injury management. But it isn’t a case of a slipped disc. As of now, we will be monitoring his workload,” the senior official said on condition of anonymity.

“We are chalking a plan wherein his county stint will be curtailed. He will play two four-day matches as per the original plan and not the five Royal London Cup (50 over) matches,” 

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Virat Kohli missed a T20 against South Africa due to a neck sprain. Photo by Ron Gaunt / BCCI / SPORTZPICS

When asked why Kohli visited a spinal surgeon at Khar medical facility, the official said,

“Virat had suffered a neck sprain during an IPL match in Jaipur (RCB’s final game). The pain had subsided but he went for a precautionary check-up.”

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Gautam Gambhir feels BCCI should market Test cricket in a better way.

Gautam Gambhir Lashes Out at BCCI for Not Marketing Test Cricket Well

The recent decision by the BCCI to not play the day/night Test in Adelaide during India’s tour of Australia later this year has a few raised eyebrows amongst the cricketing fraternity.

Many former cricketers believe the Indian cricket board has been unable to take the longest format of the game forward, as compared to the other cricketing boards.

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BCCI has refused to play a day/night Test in Adelaide later this year. Image Courtesy: Twitter

The debate about the future of Test cricket has been doing the rounds ever since the shortest format of the game, T20 cricket came into existence and gripped the cricketing world altogether.

Some of the former and current cricketers have expressed their views about Test cricket, and most of them feel the longest format is nearing its end if stern steps are not taken to save it.

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India and Bangladesh are remaining countries to a play a day/night Test. Image Courtesy: Twitter

Most recently, the discarded India batsman, Gautam Gambhir has lashed out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for not marketing Test cricket positively.

Gambhir feels the marketing of Tests in India doesn’t take place the way it is done for the T20s and ODIs.

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Gautam Gambhir believes BCCI have not marketed Test cricket well. Image Courtesy: Twitter

“I think it’s not the fans. I think it’s the media and, to a certain extent, the BCCI as well. Because the way it marketed Test cricket, it’s not the way it should be marketed. The way they market T20 and ODI cricket is far better than Test cricket.” 

“We can’t blame the fans. Fans will only come if you market it well. They have got many more options these days, obviously. But somehow we don’t give enough importance to marketing the Test cricket,”

“I don’t think BCCI has marketed Test cricket as well as they have done with ODIs and T20s. I remember a Test match at Eden Gardens against West Indies (in 2011). India batting on the first day and there were 1000 people. Imagine Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman playing and there are only 1000 people,” 

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India will look to avenge their humiliating loss in England on the previous tour. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

India are schedule to play three Twenty20 and three ODIs before the five-Test series against England during their upcoming tour, starting July 3.

Gambhir believes playing white ball cricket before the Test series will help the touring side.

“Playing with red dukes in Test is completely different from playing white ball cricket. The three T20s and three ODIs isn’t an indicator of how well you are prepared for the Tests,”

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Aleem Dar says Virat Kohli is the best batsman in the world.

Aleem Dar Believes No One Can Come Near Virat Kohli at the Moment

Virat Kohli has reached enormous heights in his career and is en-route to become one of the greatest batsmen to have ever played the game.

Kohli is one of the finest batsmen of his generation and has always made sure that he gave his 100 percent on the field.

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India captain Virat Kohli would be hoping to turn the tables around when he leads India to England for Five-Match Test series in 2018. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

A lot of former and present cricketers have hailed Kohli for his determination towards his game and his desire to succeed.

Kohli has dominated bowlers all around the world and has left no stone unturned in regards to success with the bat. The Indian captain has been successful with the willow in India as well as out of the sub-continent, with just England being the only country where he has failed, and that too in Tests. 

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Virat Kohli has been in exceptional form in the last two years. Credits: BCCI

The India skipper has been among the runs for the past two years and also won the ICC 2017 Player of the Year award.

With age on his side, Kohli has a realistic chance to break or better the 100 international centuries record which is currently held by the batting maestro, Sachin Tendulkar. The Indian batsman has 56 international centuries to his name as of now.

Kohli’s consistency has not just amazed fellow cricketers and former players but also the umpires who officiate in the matches.

One such umpire is Pakistan’s Aleem Dar who feels nothing can come near Virat Kohli at the moment.

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Aleem Dar believes Virat Kohli is the best batsman at the moment. Image Courtesy: Twitter

“Virat Kohli is the world’s best batsman in all formats. Many people wish to copy Virat, but I don’t think there is any player who can come near him at the moment,”

Kohli is currently leading the Royal Challengers Bangalore who have once again had a disappointing campaign and are in the bottom half of the table.

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Virat Kohli has once again failed to inspire RCB to perform well. Image Courtesy: Twitter

Kohli’s next international assignment is against England in England as he has opted out of the one-off Test against Afghanistan to prepare for the English tour. Kohli will also play County cricket for the first, as he will play for Surrey.