Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

India vs England, Lord's Test

Ollie Pope of England Lions celebrates reachingb his 50 during Day Three of the Tour Match between England Lions and India A at New Road Pope has averaged 85 for Surrey in first-class cricket this season and has scored runs for England Lions Credit Getty Images
Rita Gibson | 09 August, 2018, 19:28

India came close to winning the first Test but squandered a great opportunity to take the 1-0 lead in the five-match series, courtesy the mediocre batting, apart from Virat Kohli's super show with the bat.

Continuous drizzle in London has resulted in the first session of the second Test match between India and England being washed out. Hindustan Times delivers the news across all social media platforms, on the web, and at your doorstep.

Well, bowling coach Bharat Arun hinted the visitors may not opt for an extra batsman and called it a "conservative move". Our attack is as good as anyone's and, in our conditions, he'll have to be on his game and particularly if he's chasing some big scores that Australia have put on the board.

The conditions have prompted the Indian camp to rethink their bowling strategy and find a combination to go with.

However, it remains to be seen if Dhawan will be dropped after just one bad outing.

Two spinners or one spinner?

Despite that the team management could make a few changes, bringing in a second spinner to add more firepower, depending on the nature of the wicket at Lord's.

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India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.

All-rounder Chris Woakes have also been recalled to fill up the gap of Ben Stokes who will not be available for Lord's Test as it would clash with his trial in Bristol court for charges of affray.

That England won their 1,000th Test owed much to Pope's fellow 20-year-old Surrey rising star Sam Curran.

Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes has been named as Stokes' replacement, while Ollie Pope has been drafted in for the dropped Dawid Malan.

Virat Kohli has converted 13 of 20 Test 50s into 100s since the start of 2015; the best rate of any batsman to reach 50 more than once in that time (65%), although Joe Root has got to 50 11 times more than anyone else in the same timeframe (42), he has only managed to convert 19% of those into centuries. Jonny Bairstow (70) and Keaton Jennings (42) did well in their first innings but the likes of Alastair Cook and Jos Buttler failed miserably in both the innings.

A green pitch is reportedly on offer for the two teams and pacers are expected to reign supreme once again.

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