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

Azhar Mahmood and Virat Kohli

Hosts England lead the five-match series after their 31-run victory in the gripping first Test at Birmingham. The story of the second innings was more or less the same as Kohli top-scored with 51 runs in 93 balls.

Drawing a comparison with legends such as Brian Lara and Vivian Richards, Waugh said Kohli has shown all the traits of a great batsman.

The second England-India Test match is yet to get underway here at Lord's, but it seems like the playing XI's for both the teams have already been leaked.

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.

Will India reinforce their batting order by adding an extra batsman for the Lord's Test.

"It's a tempting thought to field two spinners, then again we will have to take a call on that depending on the team balance, but it's definitely in contention".

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Captain Root confirmed in Wednesday's media interaction that 20-year-old Ollie Pope will be handed his maiden Test cap tomorrow. Stokes, who picked up four wickets during India's second innings, is trying to clear his name in court after being charged with affray following a brawl in September 2017, while Malan has been dropped due to poor performance.

Joe Root made 80 in the first innings and looked slightly more comfortable against Ashwin in comparison to his teammates. Pacer Chris Woakes was drafted into the squad as Stokes' replacement.

But in a dry English summer that has seen pitches more receptive to slow bowling than usual, England could recall off-spinner Moeen Ali to partner leg-break bowler Adil Rashid even though England captain Joe Root bowls occasional off-breaks.

The Indian batsmen, who succumbed to England's probing pace and swing, will look to answer their batting woes in the second match.

India: Virat Kohli (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah.

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