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

by Leon Thompson August 9, 2018, 17:12
England v India: Rain delays start of second Test at Lord's

Addressing the media at the press conference before the match, Kohli admitted that it is tempting him to play two spinners on this wicket but the rains would have surely made the Indian captain change his mind.

England have outstretched the selection for this week's match at Lord's against India to 20 year old Surrey batsman Ollie Pope, axing the struggling Dawid Malan.

This current England side have proven to be horribly inconsistent in Test matches, while their record at Lord's against Asian teams has also been poor recently, their last win here against any of India, Pakistan or Sri Lanka coming in 2011.

Uncapped Essex paceman Jamie Porter has been omitted from a 13-man squad, with England yet to decide whether Chris Woakes or spinner Moeen Ali will replace all-rounder Ben Stokes, who misses out due to his ongoing court case.

Apart from this decision, England's bowling line-up looks set with James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Sam Curran and Adil Rashid. At the start of the summer we were below par and it would be easy to look too far into that, but against South Africa there was a lot of spin and against India (in 2014) spin came into it a lot in the second innings.

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

Captain Kohli was the only one who stood up to the English pace attack in the first Test, scoring a century and a half-century. In the first innings, he could score only 4 runs and was dismissed by Curran as he played at a harmless delivery outside the off-stump. "Opposition players are allowed to play well and they definitely did that at Edgbaston, so it's just about combatting that as a team and making sure that when we get our opportunities to go big, someone takes the game by the scruff of the neck".

England would also like to see an improved batting performance. "So we'll turn up tomorrow, see if it looks any different, and then make that decision", he added.

But Arun said Jasprit Bumrah was "out of contention", the paceman still sidelined after missing the first Test with the broken thumb he suffered during a T20 worldwide against Ireland in June. "The challenge is there for us to adapt even better and we have our plans in place". His form in the first Test proves him to be vital in the playing XI.

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