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

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

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

Meanwhile, after a poor show in the opening Test match against England, the Indian batsmen would like to rectify their mistakes and apply themselves diligently when India will face the hosts in the second match of the five-match series, starting on Thursday.

Officials later confirmed that 98 overs, rather than the standard 90, would be scheduled for the second day in a bid to make-up lost playing time.

According to Root, Pope, the 20-year-old rising Surrey star, would bat at number four but that England would delay a decision on whether to play Ali or Woakes instead of Stokes until the morning of the match, with the uncapped Jamie Porter released from the 13-man squad. India could make changes in the playing XI.

As well as taking five wickets in his main role as a left-arm swing bowler, Curran's sparkling second-innings 63, his maiden Test fifty, enabled England to set India a tricky target of 194. The fact that the wicket at Lord's has seen the constant sun over the last few months and has become dry and hard is what has made pundits mull over the inclusion of another spinner in the side.

"It is not like I feel bad that I got runs and we couldn't get across the line", added Kohli, now the world's top-ranked batsman in both Test and one-day global cricket. We expect Kohli and Co.to give a good performance in the second Test.

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 global against Ireland in June. I do think that a result is still possible if the rain stays away - and that's a big if.

Pope only made his first-class debut in March previous year and has been called into the Test squad on the back of a mere 15 matches, while he has never batted in the top five in County Championship cricket. "He's very mature for a young man", said Root.

Well, bowling coach Bharat Arun hinted the visitors may not opt for an extra batsman and called it a "conservative move". On the bowling front, they will be tempted to play two spinners but if that happens, it will be interesting to see who gets left out.