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

Malan out, Pope in for Lord’s Test

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After an intriguing battle at Edgbaston last week, the convoy now moves to the Lord's Cricket Ground for the second of the five-match Test series between India and England.

"From outside it looks very bad, especially as it is Test cricket and we are playing in England where it is anyway hard".

Meanwhile, after a poor show in the opening Test match against England, the Indian batsmen would like to rectify their mistakes and apply themselves diligently when India will face the hosts in the second match of the five-match series, starting on Thursday. The tourists' record at the venue is not a flattering one as they have won only 2 out of the 17 Tests they have played there. He's obviously batted at six for Surrey this season - but having seen him play a little bit, and the way his game is set up, I think it's very much transferable to bat at four.

Neither side made 300 in the match, England posting 287 before India replied with 274 in the first innings.

"Ollie Pope will come in and bat at four", said Root.

Also, they have dropped Dawid Malan and Ollie Pope could find a place in the 11.

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England might have settled on one of their two selectorial decisions, the other will be decided on the first morning, a straight shootout between Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes, with Jamie Porter released from the original squad of 13.

His 149 in India's first innings was the 22nd century of his 67-match Test tenure.

"I think it's sometimes easy to criticise the batting group but I thought the way both seaming groups in particular bowled was outstanding".

R Ashwin's performances (7 for 121) at Edgbaston may have tempted India to play an extra spinner in Kuldeep Yadav or Ravindra Jadeja but the team management is expected to take a call based on the weather.

On the other end of the scenario, young Ollie Pope made his first class debut in a year ago March and has been running a sensational form for Surrey since then, averaging 85 in the County Championship.

India too could make a top-order change with the experienced Cheteshwar Pujara waiting in the wings if struggling opener Shikhar Dhawan is omitted. The visitors' bowling unit impressed, picking 20 wickets for the fourth successive time on the road since the start of the year, but their batting, barring captain Kohli, was a big letdown.

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