History made at Lord's as rain prevents play on day one

For India, there was no change, no Cheteshwar Pujara in the side, Kohli seems to be backing Dhawan and Rahul again.

The English summer was at its peak, the sun was beating down hard all this while but come the Test series and the clouds are out.

"The weather will be conducive for swing bowling and I don't think the second spinner will be an option", former India offie Harbhajan Singh, who is doing commentary for Sky Sports, told TOI. The left-hander managed a total of 39 runs in Edgbaston and got out in a similar fashion in both the innings.

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.

However, the temperature dropped on Wednesday and it is expected to remain cool over the next few days, with occasional showers as well.

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

England did name a first 12 on Wednesday, with 20-year-old Olliver Pope waiting to make his Test debut. He will replace Dawid Malan, who was poor with both the bat and at the slips in the first Test. India have not named any shortlist of players, but skipper Virat Kohli had said that he was tempted to play a second spinner. England might have settled on one of their two selectorial decisions, the other will be decided on the first morning, a straight shootout between Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes, with Jamie Porter released from the original squad of 13.

If the Indian team decide to go ahead with that strategy, Umesh Yadav may have to sit out with Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya handling the pace duties.

Vanessa Coleman

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