Friday, 22 February, 2019

Don't give any chance to Virat Kohli at Lord's : Joe Root

Surrey’s Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes replace Dawid Malan and Ben Stokes respectively Surrey’s Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes replace Dawid Malan and Ben Stokes respectively
Cary Erickson | 09 August, 2018, 08:24

Playing an extra batsman in the second Test against England will be a "conservative move" with the Lord's pitch looking more bowler-friendly than Edgbaston, feels India bowling coach Bharat Arun. This is not the first time that Sachin Tendulkar's son has bowled to the current Indian team, but did roll his arms over at the start of the tour as well.

Kohli, while addressing the press conference on the eve of the second Test at Lord's, said that there are just about a few adjustments batsmen need to make, particularly in how they react to situation after wickets fall down.

India lost the first Test match at Edgbaston and now trail the five-match Test series 1-0.

Virat Kohli and Indian Test team at High Commission of India in London.

Captain Kohli led from the front and crafted a brilliant 149 in the first innings.

This current stint with the Indian team makes sense as in Edgbaston, Sam Curran the 20-year-old all-rounder rocked the top order in the first innings and picked up crucial wickets even in the second dig.

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The square at the Lord's (venue for the second Test) bore a dry look on Tuesday, with a variety of heavily used wickets.

Virat Kohli on Wednesday appealed to the fans to not focus on individual players as it's about the team and they all want to win together. Umesh Yadav was also impactful. It's a tempting thought to field two spinners but we will have to take a call on that depending on the team balance.

Pope will bat at four after being included in the squad earlier this week at the expense of Middlesex's Dawid Malan. "But in the second innings he was being himself", he said.

Joe Root made 80 in the first innings and looked slightly more comfortable against Ashwin in comparison to his teammates.

England squad for second Test: Cook, Jennings, Root, Pope, Bairstow, Buttler, Woakes, Moeen Ali, S Curran, Rashid, Broad, Anderson.

"It's a good choice (to pick between Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja), a tough one too".