India vs England, Lord's Test

A superlative batting effort saw Virat Kohli surpass Steve Smith at the top of the ICC Test rankings

A superlative batting effort saw Virat Kohli surpass Steve Smith at the top of the ICC Test rankings

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. The Indian batting needs to step up for that to happen as no player except Kohli looked comfortable enough to survive for long enough in the Birmingham Test. While the weather continues to play tricks at London, it is not all gloom and doom for the Indians.

What are the squads of India vs England second Test match?

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.

"Ollie Pope will come in and bat at four", said Root.

Pope only made his first-class debut in March previous year and has been called into the squad on the back of a mere 15 matches, while he has never batted in the top five in County Championship cricket.

This is not the first occasion when Arjun had bowled in Team India nets. Just one of England's last 28 Test matches to have been played on home soil has ended in a draw (W18, L9); Joe Root's men have claimed victory in six of their last eight in England (L2).

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Joe Root has confirmed that the 20-year-old debutant Ollie Pope will bat at No 4 in the second Test against India at Lord's today.

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

A decision on whether or not to play Moeen Ali as the second spinner will also be made tomorrow depending on the conditions, the England captain said.

It will also be interesting to see if Cheteshwar Pujara will be called back to the side or not after being left out for the first Test. Stokes, who picked up four wickets during India's second innings, is trying to clear his name in court after being charged with affray following a brawl in September 2017, while Malan has been dropped due to poor performance.

But Arun said Jasprit Bumrah was "out of contention", the paceman still sidelined after missing the first Test with the broken thumb he suffered during a Twenty20 global against Ireland in June.

But he was wary of playing an extra batsman at Lord's.

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