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England’s mid series Report Card

How England have fared so far in the series.

Ben Stokes gets Kohli at Edgbaston. Source: The Mirror

After a narrow win in the first test England led from start to finish at Lords and take a 2-0 lead into the third test. No team has ever come back from this score to win a 5 test series since 1936/37, and a certain batsman named Don Bradman made three big centuries to help Australia do that against England in that particular series 82 years ago. Here is England's report card to date:

Alastair Cook - Outdone by some good bowling by Ravi Ashwin in the first test but at his best you can't imagine Cook being dismissed bowled by an off spinner twice in one test. Started to look more assured in the 2nd test before going for 21. Missed a sitter at slip at Edgbaston that was costly before taking a nice catch to dismiss Ajinkya Rahane in the Lords test. Rating - 4

Keaton Jennings - Yet to find his feet at test level. Doesn't necessarily look out of place, but doesn't look at home either. Looked solid in making 42 in the first test but will want to turn starts into scores sooner rather than later. Fallen each time to bowlers coming around the wicket to him, so expect India to keep working him over from that line. Worth sticking with for the series. Rating - 5

Joe Root - Looked rock solid in making 80 before being run out in the first test. Captained the team well on the last day of the first test to help England get home. Has won both tosses this series, but the Lords toss proved decisive as it allowed his bowlers first crack on a wicket with plenty of assistance. Missed out with the bat. Rating - 7

Dawid Malan - Catching and batting still not up to test standard, but hasn't played his last test. Will look to improve in both departments, especially given his crucial drop of Kohli that got the Indian captain moving in the first test. - Rating - 3

Ollie Pope - Looked good and there have been worse debuts in test cricket than this one. Wouldn't bet against him passing 50 once or twice this series. Rating - 6

Jonny Bairstow - Made runs in both tests and has been very good with the gloves. Bit of a rock in the middle order England would love to rely on. Rating - 8.5

Man-of-the-Match Chris Woakes celebrates another wicket. Image: Cricket Global

Ben Stokes - England will find a place for him as soon as he is ready to come back. His bowling in the first test was as impressive as it's ever been. Fast leg cutters in the Edgbaston test almost went through India's middle order (he was let down by his slip cordon) and the huge wicket of Virat Kohli in the second innings virtually ended India's resistance. Rating - 8

Jos Butler - Failed in the first test with 0 and 1. He made 24 at Lords but hasn't shown that he is a test cricketer yet. Once Stokes comes back he will make way for the all rounder. Rating - 4

Chris Woakes - Had a superb Lords test where everything he touched turned to gold. Deserved man of the match with an unbeaten century and 4 wickets. Rating - 9

Sam Curran - A crucial knock in the second innings of the Edgbaston test with the bat followed some big wickets in India's first innings of that same test. Less effect with the ball at Lords but contributed more handy runs. Enjoying his introduction to test cricket. Rating - 8

Adil Rashid - Enjoyed his four day tour of the Lords tea room. Chimed in with a few lower order wickets at Birmingham. Rating - 5

Stuart Broad - Entered the top 10 bowlers of all time in terms of most test wickets taken. Excellent in taking 4-44 in the 2nd innings at Lords after a slow start to the series. Rating - 7

Jimmy Anderson - Was unplayable at Lords on the second day (after the first day was washed out). Had the ball coming out perfectly and every ball looked like it could take a wicket. Only 10 wickets to equal Glenn McGrath as the leading wicket taker for pacemen in cricket history. Should happen by the Oval test, though many will predict it will happen earlier. Player of the series to date. Rating - 9

England are in what looks to be an unassailable position. Their bowlers have India's top order on the ropes and the Indian batsmen don't appear to have any answers at this point in time. England have lacked big runs from their top order, but if that clicks, it will make it very hard for the tourists to get back into this series. The Trent Bridge test starts on Saturday.

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