Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

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

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

James Anderson (90) is six scalps away from becoming the all-time leading wicket-taker in Tests between England and India (Bhagwath Chandrasekhar, 95); he also needs six dismissals to become the first bowler to take 100 Test wickets at Lord's, he'd be only the second player to claim that many at a single venue (Muralitharan at three different grounds). He also amassed 9779 runs in 211 ODIs at 58.2 and 2102 runs at 48.8 in 62 T20Is.

Kohli blasted 149 and 51 runs in the first and second innings against England in the opening Test to become the seventh India batsman and the first since Sachin Tendulkar (in June 2011) to top the ICC rankings for Test batsmen.

This is not the first occasion when Arjun had bowled in Team India nets.

Kohli (200) nearly scored half of the team's total across two innings while the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, and Ajinkya Rahane struggled against the swinging ball.

England lead the current five-match series 1-0 after a 31-run victory in the first Test at Edgbaston last week.

Pacer Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the second Test as he has not fully recovered from a left thumb injury, bowling coach Bharat Arun confirmed on Tuesday.


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.

England, on the other hand, face similar issues in their batting department.

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.

Today's instalment, however, will see young Surrey batsman Ollie Pope thrust into the middle order to make his debut, with Root confirming yesterday the 20-year-old would bat at No 4.

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

A prolonged heatwave in England could prompt the tourists to go with an additional spinner on a dry pitch when the second match of the series gets under way on Thursday. He picked up five wickets and scored 97 runs to be decisive in the low-scoring contest at Birmingham.

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