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

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

At the start of the summer we were below par and it would be easy to look too far into that, but against South Africa there was a lot of spin and against India (in 2014) spin came into it a lot in the second innings. The former India star is the leading Test and ODI run-scorer of all time, and is widely regarded as one of the game's greatest-ever batsmen. The visitors nearly came close to winning it at Birmingham and are capable of doing the same at Lord's. Barring Virat Kohli, Joe Root, and Jonny Bairstow, other batsmen struggled to tackle some quality swing bowling.

India were able to initiate batting collapses in both innings at Edgbaston and will have high hopes of doing so again here at Lord's against an England batting card that remains for whatever reason exceptionally brittle.

With Ben Stokes unavailable because of his court case, either Moeen Ali or Chris Woakes will take his place in the side and bat at No 7. They may go in for a like-for-like replacement with the inclusion of pace-bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes, who has recovered from an injury.

It was also announced that 20-year-old Olliver Pope will make his Test debut and bat at number four.

After scoring his maiden ton on the English soil, Kohli returned in the second innings and played a 51-run knock to steer India closer to the 194 runs target set by England.

The skipper said that the right-handed Pope wasn't a tactic against Ravichandran Ashwin or Ishant Sharma, who have a good record against left-handed batsmen.

As stated before, there will be clouds hanging over the Lord's Cricket Ground over the next few days as the temperatures have dropped following the heat wave that swept the city earlier this week. However, it will eventually be clear, and the sun will come out bright.

This is not the first occasion when Arjun had bowled in Team India nets. It is expected that the groundsmen will shave a few bits before the start of the match but even if they don't, the pitch is likely to turn out quite dry. Therefore, India might get a little advantage with spinners coming in the game. He also played in the first Test of the five-match series but looked completely out of sorts against the swinging ball.

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