Fantasy Cricket: Dream11 tips for 2nd Test-- England v India

Annette Crawford
August 9, 2018

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.

Most of England was in the grip of a heat wave over the past two months and it seemed like the Indians would get to start the Lord's Test with conditions similar to the sub-continent. Stokes was the pick of the English bowlers in the first Test. While the weather continues to play tricks at London, it is not all gloom and doom for the Indians.

England lead the five-match series 1-0 after a thrilling 31-run win at Edgbaston.

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

On the other hand, England will be without Ben Stokes and the all-rounder is likely to be replaced by Royal Challengers Bangalore star Chris Woakes, who was named in the squad for the second Test.

"Ollie Pope will come in and bat at four", said Root. Any Test match we are playing, we are competitive. 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.

20-year-old Ollie Pope has the highest average in the 2018 County Championship of anyone to record more than two innings (85.5 across 10 knocks); he replaces Dawid Malan who has only managed an average of 19.9 over the 11 Test innings he recorded in 2018.

India struggled against the swinging ball, with England finding it hard to combat Ravichandran Ashwin's off-spin.

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

Despite failing to impress in the first Test, Rahul and Vijay will open if Dhawan makes way for Pujara.

Despite India's overall failed batting effort at Edgbaston, bowling coach Bharat Arun ruled out playing an extra batsman here.

"We really need to look at any change in strategy, depending on the wicket".

Root's opposite number, Virat Kohli, will hope the rest of his side can come to his aid after he nearly single-handedly kept India in the game at Edgbaston, scoring 200 runs on his own. "The challenge is there for us to adapt even better and we have our plans in place".

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