Here are 5 things we learned after India comfortably beat England in the second Test


England crashed to a 246-run defeat in the second Test against India, leaving Alastair Cook's tourists 1-0 down in the five-match series.

There are then plenty of lessons for England to learn from their experience in Vizag.

1. Duckett is due a rest

England's Ben Duckett is dismissed against India - (Aijaz Rahi/AP)
(Aijaz Rahi/AP)

Ben Duckett arrived in the sub-continent professing an aptitude for batting against spin. His preferred method, however, has not travelled well.

Showing two stumps to the ball spinning away from him frees him up to attack and make the most of his brilliant eye in home conditions; in India, it has left him horribly vulnerable to sharp turn and variable bounce.

He has the talent to restate his case, but not on this tour. Stand by, Jos Buttler.

2. Rashid is on the up

England's Adil Rashid - (Aijaz Rahi/AP)
(Aijaz Rahi/AP)

The more he bowls, the better he gets. That seems to be the key to England's improving leg-spinner. Unlike Duckett, it may well prove that this tour is Adil Rashid's high water mark.

Whether it is or not, he has done enough in the first two Tests to persuade England they must make the most of things while the force is with him. Rashid bowled almost 60 overs in Vizag, nine more in either innings than any of his team-mates, and ended up with six wickets.

Yes, they came at the cost of almost 200 runs, but he has a new confidence in his approach to the crease, and there are far fewer boundary balls these days to go with the wickets. Rashid could yet end up bowling England to a Test win at some point over the next month.

3. India are beatable

India's captain Virat Kohli - (Aijaz Rahi/AP)
(Aijaz Rahi/AP)

Well, England have to believe that at any rate. There is evidence from the first two Tests too to give Cook's men hope.

Virat Kohli stood between them and a possible 1-0 lead, having calmed the nerves with his unbeaten 49 in Rajkot and then brilliantly batted the tourists out of the match in Vizag.

On the basis he cannot do it every time, England should have an opportunity at some stage and it might just come with a chance to level the series next week, at the venue reportedly most likely to suit the visiting attack.

4. Anderson has still got it

England's James Anderson - (Aijaz Rahi/AP)
(Aijaz Rahi/AP)

England's all-time leading wicket-taker was a little rusty with his lines early on in spells in his comeback Test. But his pace was up, and four for under 100 in 35 overs is a decent effort by anyone's standards.

Anderson was one of those who made the difference between these teams on England's last trip, and he has showed following his return from a stress fracture of the shoulder in his bowling arm that at 34 years old he retains the attributes that have made him great.

England must hope that four days between Tests is enough, though, because they need him close to his best in Mohali.

5. Play to your strengths

England's Alastair Cook plays a shot - (Aijaz Rahi/AP)
(Aijaz Rahi/AP)

There was a little mischief perhaps in Kohli's contention that England made it easier for India by staying in their shells to try to block out the last five sessions.

Even so, and of course there is a little hindsight here, it is hard enough to combat Ravi Ashwin et al on a worn pitch without doing so to template tactics that do not suit the individual.

Cook and Haseeb Hameed were in their element for 50 overs - but just because all prospect of a win therefore became distant, it was no justification for briefing others to bat the same way.

Joe Root is all about bustle, as well as world-class technique, while others, notably Ben Duckett and Ben Stokes, are more likely to succeed in all circumstances if attacking instincts are not constrained by edict.