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In Case You Missed It: Kohli v Anderson, pacy Sami, and Nepal's historic win

How much will India's chances at Lord's improve if Ben Stokes is unavailable for the Test because of his trial? Getty Images

If the start of the England-India Test series is anything to go by, we're in for an riveting six weeks ahead.

Ben Stokes bowls England to victory in gripping finish
At Edgbaston, he foiled Virat Kohli and India to give England a thrilling 31-run win.

England need Stokes but he needs them more
Stokes is likely to miss the next Test because of the start of his trial on a charge of affray next week - although England are looking for ways to include him in the XI. George Dobell examines what the defining Edgbaston performance means to the allrounder at this uncertain time. It was the second match in eight months that India found themselves in a winning position while chasing a small target - Kohli was let down by the other Indian batsmen, writes Nagraj Gollapudi. Watch: in Polite Enquiries, Gollapudi and Dobell answer your pressing questions, such as: how many players do England replace Stokes with at Lord's, and is this what happens when you don't pick Pujara?

Kohli v Anderson: a hot take on a classic tussle
If you missed watching the Kohli-Anderson battle on day two of the Test, Sidharth Monga's summary is the next best thing: "Anderson delivers one patient blow after another. Kohli is adamant. He will not repeat that early mistake. Yet the physical and mental demands are huge. You leave, leave, leave. Defend the ones that come back in. And once you are sapped mentally, you start to flag physically. Except Kohli doesn't."

'I kept getting dropped from the ODI side because of my Test performances
He might be 37 and no longer in the reckoning for Pakistan, but Mohammad Sami can still make batsmen in the PSL and the Global T20 Canada league uncomfortable with his pace. He talks to Faraz Sarwat about his Test career and motivating himself to make multiple comebacks.

'I'd like to be able to read people's thoughts
As part of our 25th anniversary celebrations, we're asking cricketers 25 quick questions. Ravindra Jadeja gives us his opinions on moustaches, dressing-room luxuries, and the name of his T20 franchise, if he had one (it's got "Royals" in it, if you must know). You can also watch Rahul Dravid, Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Amir from earlier in the series.

Will Arjuna Ranatunga become Sri Lanka's next president?
After Imran Khan, which other international cricketer could go on to become the leader of his country? Could it be Ranatunga, now a minister in the Sri Lankan government? Andrew Fidel Fernando ponders this hefty question in his satirical look at July in cricket.

Nepal's Khadka "hungry to perform"
Nepal won their first ODI, a thrilling one-run victory against Netherlands last week, in Amstelveen. Watch: Paras Khadka talk about what the win means to the team. The tour to Netherlands also marked a sweet finish to the career of 34-year-old Shakti Gauchan, a mentor to many young spinners in Nepal.

We're in boot camp
Carrie Bradshaw would love our photo feature on shoes. Do you?

The highs and lows of England's first 999 Tests
The Edgbaston Test was England's 1000th. Andrew Miller picks their best and worst against each team: there's Edgbaston 2005, Karachi 2000, Mumbai 2012, Faisalabad 1987, and more. Watch: England's 141-year Test history through the careers of ten players. Also watch: Mike Gatting and fans try to identify famous moments in England's Test history from photos we showed them.

India tour headlines packed home summer for New Zealand
If you like travelling to watch cricket, you might consider a trip to New Zealand next summer: they are playing three Tests and three ODIs against Bangladesh, two Tests, three ODIs and a T20I against Sri Lanka, and limited-overs games against India's men's and women's teams.