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

The tourists head into the second Test at Lord's starting on Thursday 1-0 down in a five-match series after England won the first Test at Edgbaston by 31 runs last week.

But Stokes was omitted by England because he is in court this week on a criminal charge of affray.

The skipper hit 149 and 51 in the 1st Test respectively, however, the other batsmen were not up to the mark.

"There must be a clear plan on how to face the first 20-30 balls, and more often than not that plan does not involve aggression", said Kohli, who was extremely watchful against swing king James Anderson, England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker, at Edgbaston.

There was a lot of talk about the inclusion of seamer Jamie Porter ahead of the first Test but Captain Root preferred Sam Curran and the player delivered a Man-of-the-Match performance. So we'll turn up tomorrow, see if it looks any different, and then make that decision, he added.

England have outstretched the selection for this week's match at Lord's against India to 20 year old Surrey batsman Ollie Pope, axing the struggling Dawid Malan.

"From outside it looks very bad, especially as it is Test cricket and we are playing in England where it is anyway hard".

"Ollie Pope will bat at four", said Root.

Root, who will be batting in the pivotal number three position, added: "I know that might be seen as quite a big jump". "I feel as a team we're just about there". Root said that dropped catches in Birmingham were a concern against a quality side like India.

Well, bowling coach Bharat Arun hinted the visitors may not opt for an extra batsman and called it a "conservative move".

Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the Test match and that could mean an unchanged Indian seam attack.

So, in the second test, the Indian team management may make a few changes in the batting department, bringing in experienced batsman Cheteshwar Pujara in place of Lokesh Rahul, who scored 4 and 13 runs respectively in both the innings.

Kohli & Root- The two skippers are going to be the most important batsmen and even in fantasy cricket, they need to fit in all teams.

"The frustrating thing about last week it wasn't poor batsmanship (sic) that got me out, it was a poor passage of play in terms of running between the wickets".

Vanessa Coleman

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