Virat Kohli confident of playing third Test despite sore back

The Indian captain admits his back "hasn't been great" but believes the five-day rest period will be enough to be fit.

The Indian captain, Virat Kohli, has a sore back and was clearly in pain during the second innings on Sunday.   -  Getty Images

Virat Kohli believes that he will be fit for the third Test in Nottingham, though, he may be unable to field as normal. The Indian captain has a sore back and was clearly in pain during the second innings on Sunday.

"As of yesterday and today, it (the back) hasn't been great. The back is one thing that can be very tricky when it goes off. It happened in the last leg of the South Africa tour when I missed a T20 game (the third T20 in Cape Town). That was very sudden, it happened a day before (that game). The good thing (now) is that I have five days before the next Test. We are confident that with rehab and strengthening I should be ready for the next game," he said.

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Fielding and running between the wickets could be issues, however, he stated. "Although [I may] not [have] the same intensity in the field, I should be good enough to hold a position in the field and be 100% with the bat. Again, I'll have to look at the running (between the wickets) bit, which was difficult today. As of now, the back is sore — I'm not hiding that fact. That's part of the game. I had to do whatever I could to go out there and bat again and try my best. Five days is good enough time to be ready for the next Test."

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