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Five things India need to do in second Test at Lord's

Five things India need to do in second Test at Lord's

Officials later confirmed that 98 overs, rather than the standard 90, would be scheduled for the second day in a bid to make-up lost playing time.

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.

Joe Root's men have yet to decide how they will replace key all-rounder Ben Stokes, who will miss the match in the capital while he attends his affray trial at Bristol Crown Court.

Team India all set to take on host England in the 2nd Test at Lord's.

England lead the five-match series 1-0 after a thrilling 31-run win at Edgbaston.

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.




His 149 in India's first innings was the 22nd century of his 67-match Test tenure. Ajinkya Rahane scored a first innings hundred to help India recover from 145 for seven, Bhuvneshwar Kumar took six wickets in the first innings and Ishant Sharma seven in the second as England wilted against the short ball. "With the surface as it is, having looked at it today, we're going to leave it another 24 hours and then make a decision in the morning".

Meanwhile England have revealed that new boy Ollie Pope will bat at No.4 on his debut. His form in the first Test proves him to be vital in the playing XI.

Wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who enjoyed an impressive run in the one-day series last month, and experienced allrounder Ravindra Jadeja are in contention for a spot in the final line-up. "He's very mature for a young man", said Root.

Despite that the team management could make a few changes, bringing in a second spinner to add more firepower, depending on the nature of the wicket at Lord's.

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