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

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

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

"When the wicket wears off, the spinners can come into play as well", Kohli said.

Neither side made 300 in the match, England posting 287 before India replied with 274 in the first innings.

Today's instalment, however, will see young Surrey batsman Ollie Pope thrust into the middle order to make his debut, with Root confirming yesterday the 20-year-old would bat at No 4.

"Ben Stokes is unavailable, but Chris Woakes, with some extra matches and practices under his belt, can now return to the England squad after injury". Ajinkya Rahane scored a first innings hundred to help India recover from 145 for seven, Bhuvneshwar Kumar took six wickets in the first innings and Ishant Sharma seven in the second as England wilted against the short ball.

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

Virat Kohli has jumped to the defence of India's batsmen, believing that all they need to do to fix their issues is show greater composure.

In Pope they have a batsman who has been in superb form for County Championship leaders Surrey so far this season with 684 runs at a huge average of 85.50, including three centuries and a top score of 158 not out. Joe Root and his men would start confident thanks to their win in the first Test.

"He and AB de Villiers have got the best techniques, and AB de Villiers is not playing Test cricket so that makes him (Kohli) the stand-out player".

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Wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who enjoyed an impressive run in the one-day series last month, and experienced allrounder Ravindra Jadeja are in contention for a spot in the final line-up.

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

"Then we need some composure", he added.

Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the Test match and that could mean an unchanged Indian seam attack.

"The conditions were trying".

Kohli added: "I definitely leave no stone unturned when it comes to getting in there, talking to the guys wherever I can from the strategy point of view as well".

"We'll have to wait to see what the surface looks like tomorrow morning but ultimately on the last couple of occasions, whoever has played well in the first innings has managed to contain that threat through the rest of the game".

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