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England bowl against India in 2nd Test
August 10, 2018
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LONDON: England captain Joe Root won the toss and elected to field against India in the second Test at Lord’s on Friday.

After rain washed out Thursday’s scheduled first day without a ball bowled, there were blue and sunny skies above Lord’s.

England made two changes from the side that beat India by 31 runs in the first Test at Edgbaston last week to go 1-0 up in this five-match series.

As confirmed by England captain Joe Root on Wednesday, Surrey batsman Ollie Pope was given a Test debut in place of Dawid Malan, who was dropped after a run of low scores.

Pope is the fourth player under 21 to represent England in Test cricket this year, following Mason Crane, Dominic Bess and Sam Curran.

England were without Ben Stokes because of his ongoing trial on a charge of affray in Bristol.

Fellow pace-bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes came into the side in Stokes’s absence, with off-spinner Moeen Ali dropped from a squad where uncapped Essex pace bowler Jamie Porter had already been released.

India also made two changes, with Cheteshwar Pujara coming in after struggling opener Shikhar Dhawan was dropped and left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who caused England problems in the preceding white-ball series, replacing paceman Umesh Yadav.

KL Rahul was set to open alongside Murali Vijay. 

Kuldeep’s inclusion meant India played two spinners, with off-break bowler Ravichandran Ashwin, who starred at Edgbaston, retained.

Teams

England: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (capt), Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

India: KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wkt), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma

Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK), Marais Erasmus (RSA)
TV umpire: Chris Gaffaney (NZL)
Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL) 

Agence France-Presse

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