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

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

Supporters were left frustrated at Lord's on Thursday as the rain washed out the first day of the second Test between England and India.

Fellow pace-bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes has been called up in his place to the England squad, with uncapped Surrey batsman Ollie Pope selected instead of Dawid Malan, dropped after a run of low scores. Who replaces Ben Stokes who is undergoing a trial for brawl in Bristol previous year remains to be seen. 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. His 4/40 in the second innings helped England take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. The fact that the wicket at Lord's has seen the constant sun over the last few months and has become dry and hard is what has made pundits mull over the inclusion of another spinner in the side.

Virat Kohli has converted 13 of 20 Test 50s into 100s since the start of 2015; the best rate of any batsman to reach 50 more than once in that time (65%), although Joe Root has got to 50 11 times more than anyone else in the same timeframe (42), he has only managed to convert 19% of those into centuries. We expect Kohli and Co.to give a good performance in the second Test.

"Then we need some composure", he added.

Meanwhile England have revealed that new boy Ollie Pope will bat at No.4 on his debut.

"Everything depends on the conditions - and if the conditions are not going to be as friendly as in the first Test, it makes more sense to play five bowlers".

Pope only made his first-class debut in March previous year and has been called into the squad on the back of a mere 15 matches, while he has never batted in the top five in County Championship cricket.

Yet this season has seen Pope make 684 runs for Championship leaders Surrey at an average of 85.5, including three centuries. 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.

Pacer Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the second Test as he has not fully recovered from a left thumb injury, bowling coach Bharat Arun confirmed on Tuesday.

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