Left-arm spinner Mark Watt has issued a warning to Virat Kohli, saying that he has prepared a plan for the Indian captain.

Virat Kohli remained in a bullish mood ahead of the third Test match between England and India.

“It just showed this team is not going to back down and take a backward step when provoked,” he said. “What is said on the field, and what’s done in the moment, gives you extra motivation, as I said after the game, to get together as a team even more strongly.”

Getting hounded into defeat at the home of cricket wasn’t a good look for England, and Root acknowledged making mistakes on Day 5 as he got caught up in the intensity of the occasion, with his team’s discipline and tactics suffering as a result.

Root said he will learn lessons from that test but his resources are getting thinner by the week and England is facing a tough task to recover. Its bowling department was already stretched — because of the injury-enforced absences of Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Olly Stone and Chris Woakes — before Mark Wood was also ruled out Monday with a shoulder injury sustained at Lord’s.

England will again have to squeeze plenty out of 39-year-old paceman Jimmy Anderson, who will lead an inexperienced attack that still does not include Stokes, who is taking some time away from cricket for mental-health reasons.

Stokes’ presence in the team — with both bat and ball, and also in the field — is being sorely missed. He often comes up with big, game-changing moments, none more so than at Headingley in 2019 when he made an unbeaten 135 in a scarcely believable chase of 359 that included a last-wicket partnership of 76 runs with Jack Leach.

England’s batting line-up looks flaky, with Root at No. 4 almost single-handedly keeping it together. Dawid Malan, now a limited-overs star, has been recalled in place of Dom Sibley and will bat at No. 3 in his first test in three years, with Haseeb Hameed set to jump up the order to the opener.

Both Root and Malan play their county cricket at Headingley for Yorkshire, which is the subject of allegations of institutional racism by a former player, Azeem Rafiq, that led to an inquiry at the club.

Last week, Yorkshire apologized to Rafiq, saying he had been the “victim of inappropriate behaviour,” though fell short of acknowledging Rafiq had suffered racial abuse.

Root was a teammate of Rafiq and said it was “hard to see Azeem hurting as he is.”

“More than anything, it just shows that there is a lot of work we have to do in the game,” said Root, who confirmed England’s players will be wearing anti-discrimination T-shirts and observing a moment of unity ahead of the third test.

India might be able to call upon paceman Shardul Thakur, who was absent at Lord’s because of a hamstring injury, for the team’s first test match in Leeds since 2002.

However, with spin likely to play a bigger part than it has so far this series, offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin may be in line for a recall after missing out at both Trent Bridge in the first test and again at Lord’s.

Ashwin has been playing in England with county side Surrey.

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