Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

India vs England: Rain Plays Spoilsport on Opening Day of Lord's Test

Jasprit Bumrah during practice session Jasprit Bumrah during practice session
Cary Erickson | 09 August, 2018, 21:43

As well as taking five wickets in his main role as a left-arm swing bowler, Curran's sparkling second-innings 63, his maiden Test fifty, enabled England to set India a tricky target of 194.

India are aiming to bounce back in the five-match Test series after losing the first match by 31 runs at Edgbaston.

Neither England nor India, who might also make changes, are obliged to confirm their teams until the toss takes place.

"He's very mature for a young man", said Root. "There is constant feedback from the management, obviously people have their own ways of looking at the game and their own ideas when it comes to captaincy and so on, but I feel I have had really good communication with all the players." he said.

"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 worldwide cricket.

England captain Joe Root and India captain Virat Kohli.

For England, they will be missing the services of all-rounder Ben Stokes, which would hurt them as he was among the wickets in the second innings at Edgbaston.

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.

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Rainy morning in London!

However, Lord's has been a good hunting ground for India.

In 17 Tests since Root became captain in July 2017, England have managed just nine hundreds between them and, even more concerningly for their fans, have been dismissed for under 300 in their first innings seven times and for under 250 in the second innings nine times.

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

A couple of days before the second Test, there was a healthy amount of grass on the pitch at Lord's. It is expected that the groundsmen will shave a few bits off before the first ball. This has also prompted a rethink in the Indian camp as to what bowling strategy they would want to go in with. However, Arun hinted at playing another spinner at Lord's.

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

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