England v India: Rain delays start of second Test at Lord's

Jose Verdugo
Agosto 9, 2018

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.

"When the wicket wears off, the spinners can come into play as well", Kohli said.

Despite India's overall failed batting effort at Edgbaston, bowling coach Bharat Arun ruled out playing an extra batsman here. We know that Fifties throwback Ollie Pope will make his debut today but have yet to be informed whether Moeen Ali is back in the side after four Tests out or Chris Woakes returns after missing Edgbaston. Stokes was the pick of the English bowlers in the first Test. The left-hander managed a total of 39 runs in Edgbaston and got out in a similar fashion in both the innings.

India too could make a top-order change with the experienced Cheteshwar Pujara waiting in the wings if struggling opener Shikhar Dhawan is omitted.

However, it remains to be seen if Dhawan will be dropped after just one bad outing.

Two spinners or one spinner?

"It's a tempting thought to field two spinners but we will have to take a call on that depending on the team balance".

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A 20-year-old Oliver Pope earned his maiden call-up and is most likely to play ahead of Dawid Malan in the second Test.

They will, however, make at least two changes to their side. 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.

India: Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.

Pope only made his first-class debut in March past year and has been called into the squad on the back of a mere 15 matches, while he has never batted in the top five in County Championship cricket.

A prolonged heatwave in England could prompt the tourists to go with an additional spinner on a dry pitch when the second match of the series gets under way on Thursday.

A green pitch is reportedly on offer for the two teams and pacers are expected to reign supreme once again.

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