Monday, 10 December, 2018

India vs England, 2nd Test: Rain washes out morning session at Lord's

Ollie Pope of England Lions celebrates reachingb his 50 during Day Three of the Tour Match between England Lions and India A at New Road Pope has averaged 85 for Surrey in first-class cricket this season and has scored runs for England Lions Credit Getty Images
Frederick Owens | 09 August, 2018, 19:24

Kohli recently surpassed banned cricketer Steve Smith to become the top-ranked batsman in ICC Test Batting rankings, after the first Test against England at Edgbaston in which he scored a century and a fifty.

England had dropped Virat Kohli thrice before he went on to score 149 in the first innings. 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.

Meanwhile England have revealed that new boy Ollie Pope will bat at No.4 on his debut.

England have outstretched the selection for this week's match at Lord's against India to 20 year old Surrey batsman Ollie Pope, axing the struggling Dawid Malan.

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

Kohli also hinted that he is contemplating playing two spinners in his pre-match press conference and if that is the case, it would be interesting to see Jadeja plays or will Kuldeep get a go on current form.

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Yet this season has seen Pope make 684 runs for Championship leaders Surrey at an average of 85.5, including three centuries. Joe Root and his men would start confident thanks to their win in the first Test.

"I think it's sometimes easy to criticise the batting group but I thought the way both seaming groups in particular bowled was outstanding". India could make changes in the playing XI. "With the surface as it is, having looked at it today, we're going to leave it another 24 hours and then make a decision in the morning".

Well, bowling coach Bharat Arun hinted the visitors may not opt for an extra batsman and called it a "conservative move". "The challenge is there for us to adapt even better and we have our plans in place".

"The frustrating thing about last week it wasn't poor batsmanship (sic) that got me out, it was a poor passage of play in terms of running between the wickets".

Kohli added: "I definitely leave no stone unturned when it comes to getting in there, talking to the guys wherever I can from the strategy point of view as well".

"From outside it looks very bad, especially as it is Test cricket and we are playing in England where it is anyway hard".

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