India's playing XI for 2nd Test vs England leaked?

India's playing XI for 2nd Test vs England leaked?

Rain delayed the start of the second Test between England and India at Lord's.

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.

Kohli made his first Test hundred in England in Birmingham last week and added a half-century in the second innings, but lacked support from his fellow batsmen. While the weather continues to play tricks at London, it is not all gloom and doom for the Indians.

Ravichandran Ashwin was India's sole tweaker in a 31-run defeat at Edgbaston, but captain Kohli said either Ravindra Jadeja or Kuldeep Yadav could come into the side in London. Moeen Ali could get a chance in Stokes's absence.

Drawing a comparison with legends such as Brian Lara and Vivian Richards, Waugh said Kohli has shown all the traits of a great batsman.

Pope only made his first-class debut in March a year ago and has been called into the squad on the back of a mere 15 matches, while he has never batted in the top five in County Championship cricket.

"I think it's going to be an all-round wicket".

This is not the first occasion when Arjun had bowled in Team India nets.

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Root confirmed Wednesday that Pope 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.

Malan was replaced by 20-year-old Ollie Pope, who is set to make his debut.

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

India captain Virat Kohli has no qualms over who stars for his side so long as they win.

India too could make a top-order change with the experienced Cheteshwar Pujara waiting in the wings if struggling opener Shikhar Dhawan is omitted.

Despite India's overall failed batting effort at Edgbaston, bowling coach Bharat Arun ruled out playing an extra batsman here. There we need some composure, other than aggression. "The challenge is there for us to adapt even better and we have our plans in place".

"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".

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