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India vs England 2nd Test Day 1 live updates

India vs England 2nd Test Day 1 live updates

Most of England was in the grip of a heat wave over the past two months and it seemed like the Indians would get to start the Lord's Test with conditions similar to the sub-continent.

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. While the weather continues to play tricks at London, it is not all gloom and doom for the Indians.

It's a trite football saying that you're never more vulnerable than when you've gone 1-0 up but for England sustaining a lead has been exasperating even though being forced to fight back has made for thrilling series.

Neither England nor India, who might also make changes, are obliged to confirm their teams until the toss takes place.

India captain Virat Kohli has no qualms over who stars for his side so long as they win. We are as disappointed as you guys but hey this is 2018 and Test matches end in four days quite a few times. The visitors' bowling unit impressed, picking 20 wickets for the fourth successive time on the road since the start of the year, but their batting, barring captain Kohli, was a big letdown.

Captain Root confirmed in Wednesday's media interaction that 20-year-old Ollie Pope will be handed his maiden Test cap tomorrow.




Yet this season has seen Pope make 684 runs for Championship leaders Surrey at an average of 85.5, including three centuries.

"I think it's sometimes easy to criticise the batting group but I thought the way both seaming groups in particular bowled was outstanding". 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.

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

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

"Everything depends on the conditions - and if the conditions are not going to be as friendly as in the first Test, it makes more sense to play five bowlers".