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

Hope Soto
August 10, 2018

The covers were up all the morning today and the toss was delayed and before the conditions could improve it started to drizzle.

England and India were left frustrated at Lord's with persistent rain wiping out the whole of day one of the second Test. India have not named any shortlist of players, but skipper Virat Kohli had said that he was tempted to play a second spinner.

Only four Tests between an Asian team and England have ended in draws.

England held their nerves in the neck-and-neck first Test as India fell short of 31 runs.

Chris Woakes | Brought in to replace Ben Stokes, who is facing trial in Bristol, all-rounder Chris Woakes has big shoes to fill. 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.

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The English summer was at its peak, the sun was beating down hard all this while but come the Test series and the clouds are out.

Also, they have dropped Dawid Malan and Ollie Pope could find a place in the 11.

The Indian batsmen, who succumbed to England's probing pace and swing, will look to answer their batting woes in the second match. He smashed his first Test century (149) in the first innings and a 51 in the second innings as wickets kept tumbling at the other end. There is bound to be moisture in the track when play resumes on Friday and it's most unlikely that Ravindra Jadeja or Kuldeep Yadav will get a look-in.

England: Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Moeen Ali.

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