Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
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India's playing XI for 2nd Test vs England leaked?

India's playing XI for 2nd Test vs England leaked?

The ringing of the five-minute bell at a Lord's Test by an global cricketer, administrator or well-known enthusiast of the sport is a recent tradition introduced in 2007. 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. Do join us tomorrow for all the coverage.

Watch day two of the second Test between England and India, at Lord's, live on Sky Sports Cricket (channel 404) and Sky Sports Main Event (channel 401) from 10.30am on Friday.

It's always a special occasion for these players to play at Lord's and the last time India played a Test match, they went onto win it.

But Stokes was omitted by England because he is in court this week on a criminal charge of affray.

Virat Kohli has converted 13 of 20 Test 50s into 100s since the start of 2015; the best rate of any batsman to reach 50 more than once in that time (65%), although Joe Root has got to 50 11 times more than anyone else in the same timeframe (42), he has only managed to convert 19% of those into centuries.

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.

"It hurts when you are not scoring runs (and) as well, the team is not doing well", Kohli said ahead of the crunch clash at the hone of cricket. He is just 20 years old!


That was despite star batsman Kohli making exactly 200 runs in the game, including a superb first-innings 149 - his maiden Test century in England.

India struggled against the swinging ball, with England finding it hard to combat Ravichandran Ashwin's off-spin. He also made 18,426 runs in his 463 One-Day Internationals, with 49 hundreds.

Root, frustratingly run out for 80 in England's first innings at Edgbaston, said it was important to put the side's batting struggles into perspective.

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

They also have the option of playing a second-spinner, be it orthodox left-armer Ravindra Jadeja or left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, with all-rounder Hardik Pandya the man most likely to miss out if either slow bowler is selected.

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

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

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