Arjun Tendulkar bowls to Virat Kohli

  • Arjun Tendulkar bowls to Virat Kohli

Arjun Tendulkar bowls to Virat Kohli

Twenty-year-old batsman Ollie Pope is expected to be given his England debut at number four after replacing Dawid Malan in the squad. "England will be without Ben Stokes for the second Test but the inclusion of Chris Woakes and his all-round ability will balance the side", he wrote.

India played the first Test at Edgbaston with three specialist fast bowlers and one spinner - the formula which is generally followed overseas - with Ravichandran Ashwin being the only spinner.

But Arun said Jasprit Bumrah was "out of contention", the paceman still sidelined after missing the first Test with the broken thumb he suffered during a T20 worldwide against Ireland in June.

He had 134 runs from his previous 10 Test innings in England, but on this tour, he overhauled that mark with a 149-run knock in the first innings in Birmingham.

INDIAN skipper Virat Kohli gestures during a press conference. Joe Root and his men would start confident thanks to their win in the first Test. With the ball, James Anderson did well in both the innings, while Sam Curran was the home team's star man in the 1st Test who did well with both bat and ball to help England to claim victory.

In 17 Tests since Root became captain in July 2017, England have managed just nine hundreds between them and, even more concerningly for their fans, have been dismissed for under 300 in their first innings seven times and for under 250 in the second innings nine times.

Thursday was the first time a full day's play has been lost at Lord's since the opening day of the first test against Pakistan in 2001. Toss likely to be delayed.

"As long as we cross the line, that is the only thing that matters", Kohli insisted.

Two days before the game, there was a healthy amount of grass on the Lord's pitch.

Pacer Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the second Test as he has not fully recovered from a left thumb injury, bowling coach Bharat Arun confirmed on Tuesday.

A decision on whether or not to play Moeen Ali as the second spinner will also be made tomorrow depending on the conditions, the England captain said.

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