India vs England, 2nd Test: Rain washes out morning session at Lord's

India vs England, 2nd Test: Rain washes out morning session at Lord's

India vs England, 2nd Test: Rain washes out morning session at Lord's

Rain delayed the start of the second Test between England and India at Lord's.

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

"It is not like I feel bad that I got runs and we couldn't get across the line", added Kohli, now the world's top-ranked batsman in both Test and one-day worldwide cricket.

After scoring his maiden ton on the English soil, Kohli returned in the second innings and played a 51-run knock to steer India closer to the 194 runs target set by England.

"Ben Stokes is unavailable, but Chris Woakes, with some extra matches and practices under his belt, can now return to the England squad after injury".

"Then we need some composure", he added. The Indian batting needs to step up for that to happen as no player except Kohli looked comfortable enough to survive for long enough in the Birmingham Test.

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

"Ollie will come in and bat at four".

Root, who will be batting in the pivotal number three position, added: "I know that might be seen as quite a big jump. Opposition players are allowed to play well and they definitely did that at Edgbaston, so it's just about combatting that as a team and making sure that when we get our opportunities to go big, someone takes the game by the scruff of the neck".

India captain Virat Kohli has no qualms over who stars for his side so long as they win.

For England, they will be missing the services of all-rounder Ben Stokes, which would hurt them as he was among the wickets in the second innings at Edgbaston. He has reached a 1,000 first class runs in just 15 matches and is the first division's stand-out batsman this season with 684 runs at 85. "He's very mature for a young man", said Root.

"It's a good choice, a tough one too", Bharat Arun, India's bowling coach, told reporters at Lord's.

Now, it has been revealed that India are going in with an unchanged playing XI from the Edgbaston Test. Images of the official scoresheet for the second Test have been doing rounds on Social Media and it has the Indian team unchanged while England have opted for fast bowler Chris Woakes over Moeen Ali.

Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the Test match and that could mean an unchanged Indian seam attack. "The challenge is there for us to adapt even better and we have our plans in place".

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