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Fantasy Cricket: Dream11 tips for 2nd Test-- England v India

Fantasy Cricket: Dream11 tips for 2nd Test-- England v India”

All-rounder Chris Woakes have also been recalled to fill up the gap of Ben Stokes who will not be available for Lord's Test as it would clash with his trial in Bristol court for charges of affray. Woakes has played just two Test matches this year, picking up 4 wickets which came against Pakistan at Leeds.

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.

India cricket team probably wanted Arjun to bowl to them as they had problems countering Sam Curran in the Edgbaston Test that they lost by 31 runs.

Neither team have named their final XI, although 20-year-old batsman Ollie Pope will make his England debut.

With Jasprit Bumrah ruled out, India are expected to retain the pace trio of Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammed Shami.

"The weather conditions and Lord's wicket, which is generally dry and of what we saw in one-day cricket from Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, I think this is India's best opportunity to win because after this, the weather will cool down as September approaches".

India struggled against the swinging ball, with England finding it hard to combat Ravichandran Ashwin's off-spin.

England captain Joe Root explained the decision to have Pope bat at four, despite the Surrey batsman having batted at six in all his 15 first-class matches for his county, saying: "Ollie will come in and bat at four".

"But we just want to make sure, be really clear, that going into the game we can be really confident we've got the best 11 players to take 20 wickets on that surface".

Other former India internationals to ring the bell at a Lord's Test are Sunil Gavaskar, The Nawab of Pataudi Jr, Dilip Vengsarkar, Rahul Dravid, Kapil Dev and Sourav Ganguly.

Yet this season has seen Pope make 684 runs for Championship leaders Surrey at an average of 85.5, including three centuries. "It is not like I feel bad that I got runs and we couldn't get across the line", he said. There we need some composure rather than aggression.

India captain Virat Kohli has no qualms over who stars for his side so long as they win.

As for India needing more runs from their batsmen, Arun said: "If you look at the [Edgbaston] scores, it's only Virat Kohli and Joe Root who have been able to contend with the moving ball".

"The conditions were trying".

But he was wary of playing an extra batsman at Lord's.



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