India's playing XI for 2nd Test vs England leaked?

Rex Christensen
August 9, 2018

India batsmen need to produce a better show in the second Test to give a tough fight to England.

"It hurts when you are not scoring runs (and) as well, the team is not doing well", Kohli said ahead of the crunch clash at the hone of cricket. However, Arun hinted at playing another spinner at Lord's. 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.

"He and AB de Villiers have got the best techniques, and AB de Villiers is not playing Test cricket so that makes him (Kohli) the stand-out player".

We feel Shikhar Dhawan too could make way for C Pujara, who was surprisingly left out in the first Test. A lot has been spoken about the need for Kohli to trust his batsmen but history suggests the Indian captain may not be averse to chopping and changing once again. We will have to wait for it to stop raining to discover whether they have bolstered the batting or moved Rahul up to open and picked two spinners.

Another big decision the Indian think tank has to make is whether or not to play two spinners.

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"It's a tempting thought to field two spinners but we will have to take a call on that depending on the team balance". They have dropped Dawid Malan though and brought in young Ollie Pope.

In 17 Tests since Root became captain in July 2017, England have managed just nine hundreds between them and, even more concerningly for their fans, have been dismissed for under 300 in their first innings seven times and for under 250 in the second innings nine times.

England: Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Moeen Ali. Pacer Chris Woakes was drafted into the squad as Stokes' replacement. That said, given the nature of the pitch at Lord's and England spin troubles, the visitors might play Kuldeep Yadav alongside Ashwin.

The ringing of the five-minute bell at a Lord's Test by an worldwide cricketer, administrator or well-known enthusiast of the sport is a recent tradition introduced in 2007.

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