India vs England, Lord's Test

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Rain delayed the start of the second Test between England and India at Lord's.

Officials later confirmed that 98 overs, rather than the standard 90, would be scheduled for the second day in a bid to make-up lost playing time.

Ollie Pope was due to make his Test debut on Thursday but will now have to wait until Friday, when he will hope the weather picks up enough for him to take to the field with his first England cap. "England will be without Ben Stokes for the second Test but the inclusion of Chris Woakes and his all-round ability will balance the side", he wrote.

However, India may be looking at bringing back Cheteshwar Pujara into the playing XI.

Virat Kohli and his boys missed the opportunity of the taking an early lead in the Test series as they went down by 31 runs in the opening Test against the hosts despite their skipper's heroics.

Will India reinforce their batting order by adding an extra batsman for the Lord's Test.

It proved beyond the tourists, despite Kohli making 51 to follow his first-innings 149 - the star batsman's maiden Test century on English soil. We expect Kohli and Co.to give a good performance in the second Test.

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.

"Ollie Pope will bat at four", said Root. I do think that a result is still possible if the rain stays away - and that's a big if.

The ringing of the five-minute bell at a Lord's Test by an worldwide cricketer, administrator or well-known enthusiast of the sport is a recent tradition introduced in 2007. "He's very mature for a young man", said Root.

Ganguly, India's second most successful captain in Tests jointly with Virat Kohli at the moment, wrote in a column for the Times of India that India should seriously consider the option of fielding a second spinner at the iconic venue and also backed the chinaman ahead of the senior left-arm spinner.

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