England vs India 2018, 2nd Test, Day 1 - Weather Report

Rain delayed the start of the second Test between England and India at Lord's. The former India star is the leading Test and ODI run-scorer of all time, and is widely regarded as one of the game's greatest-ever batsmen.

In the series opener, England claimed a 31 run win against the touring party. Will they play a second-spinner or will Cheteshwar Pujara find a place back in the team? There were plenty of positives for both the sides coming out of that match.

Talking about the bowling, in both the innings off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin scalped four and three wickets respectively.

Pope, who is just 20, will slot in at number four for England, as a direct replacement for Dawid Malan, despite not batting there for his county Surrey - a decision that has anxious some, but not Root. The uncapped Essex seam bowler Jamie Porter again misses out from the squad of 13.

About countering Ashwin and Ishant, he said, "They are two fine players and one of the reasons why India have been successful is they have some brilliant experienced players to call upon".


England had dropped Virat Kohli thrice before he went on to score 149 in the first innings. With pitch looking dry India could go into the Test with two spinners, while Virat Kohli has dismissed the view that the team is overly reliant on him in overseas conditions. "With the surface as it is, having looked at it today, we're going to leave it another 24 hours and then make a decision in the morning".

It will also be interesting to see the effect that the absence of Ben Stokes has on England, not just being shorn of his talismanic talents on the field but also the much less easy to quantify psychological damage that the revelations from Bristol Crown Court might wreak as well.

On the other end of the scenario, young Ollie Pope made his first class debut in past year March and has been running a sensational form for Surrey since then, averaging 85 in the County Championship. The young man apologetically walked towards the batsman to take the ball back as Rahul regained his composure soon to applaud Arjun and said "well bowled".

We feel Shikhar Dhawan too could make way for C Pujara, who was surprisingly left out in the first Test. "The frustrating thing about last week it wasn't poor batsmanship (sic) that got me out, it was a poor passage of play in terms of running between the wickets".


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