Indian playing XI for the second Test leaked

Ben Stokes misses the second Test against India because of a court case

Ben Stokes misses the second Test against India because of a court case

By the looks of it, out-of-form Shikhar Dhawan would have to sit out. Though Virat Kohli, the batsman, has been among the runs, Virat Kohli, the skipper is finding it very hard to get his team combination right.

As India take on England in the second Test match at Lord's, starting Thursday (August 9), the tourists would expect their floundering batsmen to take more responsibility in pursuit of a series-levelling victory. They won a Test here in 2014 under MS Dhoni's captaincy.

Despite India's overall failed batting effort at Edgbaston, bowling coach Bharat Arun ruled out playing an extra batsman here.

Talking about the bowling, in both the innings off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin scalped four and three wickets respectively.

Kohli's knocks in the first Test were not faultless though, he was dropped twice on his way to his century and edged and played-and-missed numerous times across both innings and Hussain believes his natural attacking instincts mean there will always be that element of risk to his game. We will have to wait for it to stop raining to discover whether they have bolstered the batting or moved Rahul up to open and picked two spinners.

Malan was replaced by 20-year-old Ollie Pope, who is set to make his debut.

England, on the other hand, will be without their star all-rounder Ben Stokes and batsman Dawid Malan. Ajinkya Rahane scored a first innings hundred to help India recover from 145 for seven, Bhuvneshwar Kumar took six wickets in the first innings and Ishant Sharma seven in the second as England wilted against the short ball. With the bat, skipper Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and opener Keaton Jennings are doing good.

It will be interesting to see who England will turn to in the absence of Stokes.

Root confirmed Wednesday that Pope would bat at number four but that England would delay a decision on whether to play Ali or Woakes instead of Stokes until the morning of the match, with the uncapped Jamie Porter released from the 13-man squad.

But in the upcoming match, England would like to improve in a few areas along with the catching in the slips to pressurise the Indian batsmen.

About countering Ashwin and Ishant, he said, "They are two fine players and one of the reasons why India have been successful is they have some brilliant experienced players to call upon".

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