Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Playing XIs of England and India for Lord’s Test leaked?

Playing XIs of England and India for Lord’s Test leaked?

After the best Test match in England for years, despite the rush to castigation on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, it's just our luck that the start of the second instalment will be delayed as this golden summer heat ends and Lord's reverts to its customary conditions when India visit.

Play was scheduled to start at 11:00 BST, but steady rain kept the covers on the pitch and prevented the toss at 10:30.

England skipper Joe Root has said that their victory in the seesawing first Test, despite being "not at our best", has energised the hosts with confidence as they prepare to take on India at Lord's."It (the win at Birmingham) fills you with masses of confidence".

Showers are forecast for much of the day.

It proved beyond the tourists, despite Kohli making 51 to follow his first-innings 149 - the star batsman's maiden Test century on English soil.

"As long as we cross the line, that is the only thing that matters", Kohli insisted.

For England, they will be missing the services of all-rounder Ben Stokes, which would hurt them as he was among the wickets in the second innings at Edgbaston.

Even though it is raining and they haven't been able to play, the players won't be complaining looking at the wide variety of dishes that has been served for them.

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

"If we play really good cricket, then it's a bit like the last series in India where Steve Smith totally dominated him". 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.

Root, who will be batting in the pivotal number three position, added: "I know that might be seen as quite a big jump".

Pope only made his first-class debut in March a year ago and has been called into the squad on the back of a mere 15 matches, while he has never batted in the top five in County Championship cricket. He has reached a 1000 first-class runs in just 15 matches and is the first division's stand-out batsman this season with 684 runs at 85.

Root, frustratingly run out for 80 in England's first innings at Edgbaston, said it was important to put the side's batting struggles into perspective.

"I I will tell him to enjoy the occasion, and not get too many runs", Kohli jokingly added.

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