The iconic Lords Cricket Ground in London will host England and In the for the second test of the continuous series of five matches from Thursday (August 12).
The series opener ended in a draw after rain washed out the entire fifth and final day. Both teams would focus on registering a win in the upcoming game to take a lead. India have not won a series in England since 2007 and would like to change their fortunes this time.
On the other hand, the hosts would strive to continue their dominance on their own soil. England won three consecutive home series in 2011, 2014 and 2018.
The surface at Lords offers a lot of help to fast bowlers with good bounce and wear. However, the spinners are expected to come into play later in the game as the field starts to dry up as the game progresses.
Head-to-head record (in England):
Matches Played: 63 | England win: 34 | India wins: 7 | Trek: 22 | Bound: 0
After injuring his calf during training on Tuesday, pacer Stuart Broad will probably not be available for the second test. Speedster Mark Wood is set to replace Broad. Just like that, Moeen Ali was recently added to the team, and it is expected that he will get a match.
ENG XI: Joe Root (c), Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, James Anderson.
Indian pacemaker Shardul Thakur had a proper outing in the first Test, but he will miss the second game due to a snare in the thigh muscle. This means that Ravichandran Ashwin may appear in the last XI. After the first test, however, Kohli mentioned that he would follow the template of 4 pacers and 1 spinner. Therefore, Ishant Sharma (if he is fit) or Umesh Yadav can also be taken into account.
IND XI: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Ravichandran Ashwin / Ishant Sharma / Umesh Yadav.