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

10 August, 2018, 07:43 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Incessant rain washed out the morning session on day one of the second cricket Test between India and England at Lord's in London on Thursday.

In the Edgbaston Test, it was mostly a one-man show as the 29-year-old Kohli scored 200 runs out of India's 436 in the two innings combined.

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

It will also be interesting to see if Cheteshwar Pujara will be called back to the side or not after being left out for the first Test.

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Virat Kohli and his men though might now have to deal with the seam and swing of the English pacers, under overcast conditions.

With Jasprit Bumrah ruled out, India are expected to retain the pace trio of Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammed Shami.

Chris Woakes | Brought in to replace Ben Stokes, who is facing trial in Bristol, all-rounder Chris Woakes has big shoes to fill. You can also follow our live blog for ball-by-ball updates and analysis on cricketnext.com.Pope, who is just 20, will slot in at number four for England, as a direct replacement for Dawid Malan, despite not batting there for his county Surrey - a decision that has anxious some, but not Root."I know that might be seen as quite a big jump", said Root. India could make changes in the playing XI. Chris Woakes will be aware of the weight of expectations on his shoulders.

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.

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