England v India: Rain delays start of second Test at Lord's

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

England have named their squad for the second Test against India.

It's a trite football saying that you're never more vulnerable than when you've gone 1-0 up but for England sustaining a lead has been exasperating even though being forced to fight back has made for thrilling series. Root said that dropped catches in Birmingham were a concern against a quality side like India.

Since the rain hasn't stopped an early lunch has been taken by the umpires at Lord's. The toss is already delayed by 90 minutes. The covers are on and as of now, there are no signs of play starting anytime soon.

Two fallible sides provoked apoplexy among their supporters at times during the first three days at Edgbaston.

India have only managed one Test victory in their last 11 attempts in England (D2 L8); they have suffered four defeats in succession there to England ahead of this match at Lord's. And having had some indifferent results in the recent past, to pull off a win like that is a really good sign for us moving forward.

'Ben Stokes is unavailable, but Chris Woakes, with some extra matches and practices under his belt, can now return to the England squad after injury'.

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

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"There must be a clear plan on how to face the first 20-30 balls, and more often than not that plan does not involve aggression", said Kohli, who was extremely watchful against swing king James Anderson, England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker, at Edgbaston.

That England won their 1,000th Test owed much to Pope's fellow 20-year-old Surrey rising star Sam Curran.

Virat Kohli has jumped to the defence of India's batsmen, believing that all they need to do to fix their issues is show greater composure. It is expected that the groundsmen will shave a few bits off before the first ball.

"Every time you turn up here the surfaces can be quite different". This has also prompted a rethink in the Indian camp as to what bowling strategy they would want to go in with.

In order to win the second Test, the batsmen - Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Vijay, Dinesh Karthik - need to click in unison because the bowlers are doing their job handsomely.

For the second spinner's slot, there will be an interesting battle between Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav.

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