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

Ollie Pope has been in tremendous form scoring 684 runs in Division One of the County Championship at 85.50

The team winning the toss is likely to bowl first. 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.

India had lost the first Test of the series to England by 31 runs at Edgbaston. No other batters supported Kohli, who at the other hand fought valiantly.

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. The story of the second innings was more or less the same as Kohli top-scored with 51 runs in 93 balls.

There have been talks about bringing Pujara back into the scheme of things to bring some solidity and if that happens, Shikhar Dhawan or KL Rahul will have to sit out.

In order to win the second Test, the batsmen - Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Vijay, Dinesh Karthik - need to click in unison because the bowlers are doing their job handsomely.

"When the wicket wears off, the spinners can come into play as well", Kohli said. He was well supported by pacers Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami.




'Dawid Malan drops out of the squad for Lord's.

Joe Root has confirmed that the 20-year-old debutant Ollie Pope will bat at No 4 in the second Test against India at Lord's today.

Root, frustratingly run out for 80 in England's first innings at Edgbaston, said it was important to put the side's batting struggles into perspective. They were reduced to 80 for seven in the second innings before young all-rounder Sam Curran's attacking 63 rescued them as they reached 180. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow had a good outing and surprisingly, Sam Curran came up with a vital cameo to guide England to a challenging total.

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.

Commenting on the injury concerns surrounding Chris Woakes, who is in contention to be in the playing XI along with Moeen Ali, Root said, "No, no concerns".

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