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Rain completely washed out the first day's play between India and England in the second Test at the "Home of Cricket" Lord's on Thursday.

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. They may go in for a like-for-like replacement with the inclusion of pace-bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes, who has recovered from an injury. His 4/40 in the second innings helped England take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

"When the wicket wears off, the spinners can come into play as well", Kohli said.

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

"It is not like I feel bad that I got runs and we couldn't get across the line", added Kohli, now the world's top-ranked batsman in both Test and one-day global cricket.

So, in the second test, the Indian team management may make a few changes in the batting department, bringing in experienced batsman Cheteshwar Pujara in place of Lokesh Rahul, who scored 4 and 13 runs respectively in both the innings.

"As long as we cross the line, that is the only thing that matters", Kohli insisted.

England v India: Rain delays start of second Test at Lord's
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. Also, they have dropped Dawid Malan and Ollie Pope could find a place in the 11.

"Ollie Pope will bat at four", said Root.

"Then we need some composure", he added.

"I know that might be seen as quite a big jump".

Well, bowling coach Bharat Arun hinted the visitors may not opt for an extra batsman and called it a "conservative move".

Ganguly, India's second most successful captain in Tests jointly with Virat Kohli at the moment, wrote in a column for the Times of India that India should seriously consider the option of fielding a second spinner at the iconic venue and also backed the chinaman ahead of the senior left-arm spinner.

"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 a year ago and has been called into the Test squad on the back of a mere 15 matches, while he has never batted in the top five in County Championship cricket.

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