Rain wipes out day one of second Test between England and India

Rain wipes out day one of second Test between England and India

England recorded a 31-run victory at Birmingham to take lead 1-0 in the 5-match Test series. Who replaces Ben Stokes who is undergoing a trial for brawl in Bristol a year ago remains to be seen. They don't have to look beyond their skipper Virat Kohli for inspiration.

His 149 in India's first innings was the 22nd century of his 67-match Test tenure. "He's very mature for a young man", said Root. The drizzle had resulted in an early lunch break and then an early tea break as well.

Update: It's still raining at Lord's and the covers aren't going to be removed any time sooner.

Chris Woakes will come in if England opt for a further seam option, while Moeen Ali will play if the hosts plump for two spinners. Kohli has scored 5754 runs in 67 Tests at an average of 54.28.

Tendulkar notably played his first ever Test match against England at the Lord's in 1990, and he also played his last ever competitive match in the same venue in 2014 post his worldwide retirement, when he played for the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC - He has been an honorary member of the club since 2010) against a Rest-of-the-World XI, on the occasion of the Lord's ground's 200th birthday. With the ball, there is little doubt about Ashwin who was India's star man picking up seven wickets in 1st Test.

Ollie Pope was due to make his Test debut on Thursday but will now have to wait until Friday, when he will hope the weather picks up enough for him to take to the field with his first England cap.

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Rainy morning in London!

Umpires were forced to make several inspections to check if the ground was in a condition to start quickly should the rain stop. They won a Test here in 2014 under MS Dhoni's captaincy.

"As long as we cross the line, that is the only thing that matters", Kohli insisted. This has also prompted a rethink in the Indian camp as to what bowling strategy they would want to go in with.

Well, bowling coach Bharat Arun hinted the visitors may not opt for an extra batsman and called it a "conservative move".

Despite that the team management could make a few changes, bringing in a second spinner to add more firepower, depending on the nature of the wicket at Lord's. In that scenario, Umesh Yadav can be left out with Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya handling the pace duties.

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