ICC congratulates England on 1000th Test

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The series-opener against India will be a milestone Test for England as they will be taking the field for their 1000th five-day match, starting Wednesday at Edgbaston.

Buttler played for Rajasthan Royals in this year's IPL and scored 548 runs at 54.80 with five half-centuries including two unbeaten 90s. "That is a skill", the England wicketkeeper-batsman told reporters at The Oval.

"The biggest thing I have learnt from the IPL is that it's obvious what the best players do and why they are the best players and standouts", said Buttler. "People can get on well, know people well, but it's worldwide sport, and the reason guys have got there is because they want to win so it'll be no different".

"Moeen (Ali) played with Virat (Kohli) and (Yuzvendra) Chahal".

The followers of the most challenging format of the game will also be keeping a close watch on the ICC Test Player rankings as India captain Virat Kohli will look to snatch the coveted number one position from Australia's Steve Smith, while England fast bowler James Anderson will aim to defend his number one ranking.

The form of the India's top order seems to be a cause of concern for the visitors but Cook on Monday backed struggling Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara to come good in the series. That is a skill.

In contrast, if India can display their strength and prowess which has made them the highest-ranked side in the world, then they will further strengthen their grip on the top spot.

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His 32 subsequent innings, spread over 20 matches, have still to see him better that first attempt and now Buttler has set his sights on a maiden century, although even for someone of his ball-striking talent that may not be straightforward given number sevens can find themselves batting with the tail. England now are at number five with 97 rating points and can jump to number two surpassing South Africa (106), Australia (106) and New Zealand (102) with a 10-point rise to 107 points, reducing the pre-series gap with top-ranked India from 28 points to just five points.

"It's a huge series".

A celebration of the team will take place on Friday at Edgbaston, the third day of the first Specsavers Test against India.

England against India is arguably now a series which rivals the Ashes for theatre and intensity.

Prior to a tour where India have won the Twenty20 series and England triumphed 2-1 in the one-day internationals, Kohli said he thought relations between the teams would be cordial because of the links forged in the IPL.

"It will be highly competitive", he said.