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Rain wipes out day one of second Test between England and India

Rain wipes out day one of second Test between England and India”

England captain Joe Root confirmed on Wednesday that 20-year-old Surrey batsman Pope would make his debut at Lord's in place of the dropped Dawid Malan.

The visitors will be keen to level the series at Lord's as England are playing without their premier all-rounder Ben Stokes. England will make a last-minute decision on that after seeing the pitch, which was kept under a tarpaulin sheet for much of yesterday amid fears that...

Chris Woakes will come in if England opt for a further seam option, while Moeen Ali will play if the hosts plump for two spinners.

Top-ranked India could field two spinners at Lord's, given the recent hot and dry English summer and Ravichandran Ashwin's seven wickets in the opening Test.

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. They don't have to look beyond their skipper Virat Kohli for inspiration. "He's very mature for a young man", said Root. 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.

One for the history books, 2001 was the last time that an entire day was washed out at Lord's.

Virat Kohli has converted 13 of 20 Test 50s into 100s since the start of 2015; the best rate of any batsman to reach 50 more than once in that time (65%), although Joe Root has got to 50 11 times more than anyone else in the same timeframe (42), he has only managed to convert 19% of those into centuries. Toss likely to be delayed. This has also prompted a rethink in the Indian camp as to what bowling strategy they would want to go in with.

"It's a good choice, a tough one too", Bharat Arun, India's bowling coach, told reporters at Lord's.

Despite that the team management could make a few changes, bringing in a second spinner to add more firepower, depending on the nature of the wicket at Lord's.

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



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