India vs England 2nd Test Day 1

Ruben Hill
August 9, 2018

"Ollie Pope will come in and bat at four", said Root.

However, India may be looking at bringing back Cheteshwar Pujara into the playing XI.

Virat Kohli and his men though might now have to deal with the seam and swing of the English pacers, under overcast conditions. He also amassed 9779 runs in 211 ODIs at 58.2 and 2102 runs at 48.8 in 62 T20Is.

England welcome India to Lord's for the second Test of what is sure to be an enthralling five-match series.

Neither side made 300 in the match, England posting 287 before India replied with 274 in the first innings.

By the looks of it, out-of-form Shikhar Dhawan would have to sit out.

India had lost the first Test of the series to England by 31 runs at Edgbaston.

Virat Kohli has jumped to the defence of India's batsmen, believing that all they need to do to fix their issues is show greater composure.

"It's a tempting thought to field two spinners, then again we will have to take a call on that depending on the team balance, but it's definitely in contention".

For England, they will be missing the services of all-rounder Ben Stokes, which would hurt them as he was among the wickets in the second innings at Edgbaston.

It will be interesting to see who England will turn to in the absence of Stokes. They may go in for a like-for-like replacement with the inclusion of pace-bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes, who has recovered from an injury. If they feel the need to go for an extra spin-bowling option, Moeen Ali might get a look in.

Root confirmed Wednesday that Pope would bat at number four but that England would delay a decision on whether to play Ali or Woakes instead of Stokes until the morning of the match, with the uncapped Jamie Porter released from the 13-man squad. He picked up five wickets and scored 97 runs to be decisive in the low-scoring contest at Birmingham.

But in the upcoming match, England would like to improve in a few areas along with the catching in the slips to pressurise the Indian batsmen.

India: Virat Kohli (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah.

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