Fantasy Cricket: Dream11 tips for 2nd Test-- England v India

A superlative batting effort saw Virat Kohli surpass Steve Smith at the top of the ICC Test rankings

A superlative batting effort saw Virat Kohli surpass Steve Smith at the top of the ICC Test rankings

Another big decision the Indian think tank has to make is whether or not to play two spinners.

In both the innings of the first Test which the tourists lost by 31 runs, all the batsmen, apart from skipper Virat Kohli failed.

But Stokes was omitted by England because he is in court this week on a criminal charge of affray.

England's Joe Root, Stuart Broad, Adil Rashid and Ollie Pope on the players balcony during a rain delay. "But he's obviously an exciting talent and, with the guys around him, I think he fits nicely into that position in our team".

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"Ollie will come in and bat at four".

"Everything depends on the conditions - and if the conditions are not going to be as friendly as in the first Test, it makes more sense to play five bowlers".

"I know that might be seen as quite a big jump".

Pope only made his first-class debut in March past year 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.

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In Pope they have a batsman who has been in superb form for County Championship leaders Surrey so far this season with 684 runs at a huge average of 85.50, including three centuries and a top score of 158 not out.

Other former India internationals to ring the bell at a Lord's Test are Sunil Gavaskar, The Nawab of Pataudi Jr, Dilip Vengsarkar, Rahul Dravid, Kapil Dev and Sourav Ganguly. "He's very mature for a young man", said Root. One of the things that India need to do is improve their slip catching, the visitors dropped four catches in the first Test and that played a pivotal role in India's demise.

Pacer Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the second Test as he has not fully recovered from a left thumb injury, bowling coach Bharat Arun confirmed on Tuesday.

Ganguly, India's second most successful captain in Tests jointly with Virat Kohli at the moment, wrote in a column for the Times of India that India should seriously consider the option of fielding a second spinner at the iconic venue and also backed the chinaman ahead of the senior left-arm spinner. "The challenge is there for us to adapt even better and we have our plans in place".

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