India vs England: Rain Plays Spoilsport on Opening Day of Lord's Test

Azhar Mahmood and Virat Kohli

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.

Talking about the bowling, in both the innings off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin scalped four and three wickets respectively.

Arjun, legendary Sachin Tendulkar's son, bowled to Kohli as the latter used the time at the nets to combat the left-arm angle.

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.

Despite failing to impress in the first Test, Rahul and Vijay will open if Dhawan makes way for Pujara. A lot has been spoken about the need for Kohli to trust his batsmen but history suggests the Indian captain may not be averse to chopping and changing once again.

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

However, the temperature dropped on Wednesday and it is expected to remain cool over the next few days, with occasional showers as well.

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"It's a tempting thought to field two spinners but we will have to take a call on that depending on the team balance".

If the Indian team decide to go ahead with that strategy, Umesh Yadav may have to sit out with Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya handling the pace duties.

England, 1-0 up in the five-match series after an absorbing 31-run win at Edgbaston last week, will hand a debut to Surrey batsman Ollie Pope with the 20-year-old replacing the out-of-form Dawid Malan.

A prolonged heatwave in England could prompt the tourists to go with an additional spinner on a dry pitch when the second match of the series gets under way on Thursday.

They will, however, make at least two changes to their side.

England: Joe Root (c), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Butter, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson. That said, given the nature of the pitch at Lord's and England spin troubles, the visitors might play Kuldeep Yadav alongside Ashwin.

Pope only made his first-class debut in March previous 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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