After a disappointing final day of the first Test, England host India on a ground that has so much history. Yes, the second test between England and India is set to be played at the Lords. With fully packed stadiums, we can expect a joyous atmosphere with the English and Indian fans coming out in great numbers to support their teams.
Now that the first Test is washed out, England will step on the field in an attempt to win the remaining four Test matches, now that the Nottingham Test is drawn.
The last time India visited England, they had only managed to win the test at the Trent Bridge and things looked similar this time around as well but the rain gods has something else on their mind.
Will India produce better memories on this tour? Or is it India's time to get worried about the pitches?
Match Toss Time: 10:30 Local (15:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 11:00 Local (15:30 IST)
Match Venue: Lords, London
Head to Head
Matches Played: 127, ENG: 48, IND: 29, Draw: 50
The weather is anticipated to be decent for the second test. Precipitation chances are around 10% during the test, while humidity up to 75% is expected. The temperature is said to reach 23°C at max and it will be cold for most periods.
Equal assistance to both departments can be expected. Swing bowlers may start strong but if the batsmen stick to their plan and dost lose early wickets, they could contrive great conversions.
Spinners will have to toil hard and be very persistent with their line.
The hosts will be making some changes to their squad. Some may be forced, while some are concerned to be tactical. Moeen Ali and Haseeb Hameed are likely to be roped in for the second test.
Moeen Ali is back!
Stuart Broad injured his ankle in training and is a serious doubt for the second test. Mark Wood could replace him.
For India, Virat Kohli and co. are likely to proceed with the same squad, but Shardul Thakur would be unfortunate to miss out after he suffered a hamstring injury.
Ishant Sharma is likely to replace him. Ashwin could be considered as well.
Probable Playing XI
England (ENG): Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley/H Hameed, Zak Crawley/H Hameed, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow, Daniel Lawrence/Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad/Mark Wood, James Anderson
India (IND): Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur/Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah
KL Rahul and Joe Root are must-picks for the team as they looked brilliant when batting. Not only did they convert their innings into big ones but their shot selection for most of the game was phenomenal.
Ravindra Jadeja did a brilliant job with the bat and his bowling could help India more on the Lord's pitch. Jonny Bairstow and Rishabh Pant looked in fine touch as well.
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