Indian playing XI for the second Test leaked

Heather Diaz
August 9, 2018

India went down to England in the first Test match of series at Edgbaston by 31 runs. His woes continued to increase in the nets also as he was castled by Arjun Tendulkar at Lord's.

The team winning the toss is likely to bowl first. Arjun is bowling at the batsmen to make them feel comfortable while facing Sam Curran who bamboozled the top-order with his left-arm seam bowling last week. It's always a special occasion for these players to play at Lord's and the last time India played a Test match, they went onto win it.

He had 134 runs from his previous 10 Test innings in England, but on this tour, he overhauled that mark with a 149-run knock in the first innings in Birmingham. India will also be anxious about Ajinkya Rahane's mode of dismissals in the first Test, so if he can provide Kohli some support, things can very well change.

Kohli (200) nearly scored half of the team's total across two innings while the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, and Ajinkya Rahane struggled against the swinging ball.

"When the wicket wears off, the spinners can come into play as well". He was well supported by pacers Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami. So yeah, (it is) tempting though to field two spinners, but again we have to take a call on that.

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England, on the other hand, will be without their star all-rounder Ben Stokes and batsman Dawid Malan. He claimed 4 wickets in the 1st innings and hit a vital half-century in the second.

Root, frustratingly run out for 80 in England's first innings at Edgbaston, said it was important to put the side's batting struggles into perspective. 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 decision on whether or not to play Moeen Ali as the second spinner will also be made tomorrow depending on the conditions, the England captain said. Bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes has been named as Stokes' replacement.

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.

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