Michael Vaughan puts forth his predictions for the Lord’s Test

Silvia Morton
August 9, 2018

India vs England 2nd Test Day 1 Live Cricket Streaming: India take on England. Virat Kohli played a couple of incredible knocks of 149 and 51 respectively to keep the home team at bay for quite some time. No other batters supported Kohli, who at the other hand fought valiantly.

There have been talks about bringing Pujara back into the scheme of things to bring some solidity and if that happens, Shikhar Dhawan or KL Rahul will have to sit out. Batsman bat well they can get runs, seamers are going to be in play with the Dukes ball in overcast conditions and when the wicket wears off, the spinners can come into play.

With Jasprit Bumrah ruled out, India are expected to retain the pace trio of Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammed Shami.

Surrey's Ollie Pope will make his global debut on Thursday after being named in England's XI for the second Test against India at Lord's, live on Sky Sports Cricket.

This current England side have proven to be horribly inconsistent in Test matches, while their record at Lord's against Asian teams has also been poor recently, their last win here against any of India, Pakistan or Sri Lanka coming in 2011. We as a team definitely have more patience than other people and so, we don't take something as a pattern soon.

'Dawid Malan drops out of the squad for Lord's.

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And Root spoke of the confidence England had derived from winning a game which, on the third afternoon, seemed destined to end in defeat before Sam Curran turned the tide with a counter-attacking 63 from 65 balls.

Joe Root made 80 in the first innings and looked slightly more comfortable against Ashwin in comparison to his teammates. With the bat, skipper Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and opener Keaton Jennings are doing good.

It will be interesting to see who England will turn to in the absence of Stokes.

'Ben Stokes is unavailable, but Chris Woakes, with some extra matches and practices under his belt, can now return to the England squad after injury'. The uncapped Essex seam bowler Jamie Porter again misses out from the squad of 13.

But in the upcoming match, England would like to improve in a few areas along with the catching in the slips to pressurise the Indian batsmen.

Pope's inclusion is being seen as a ploy to counter Indian off-spinner R Ashwin, as the youngster - a right-hander - is considered a good player of spin.

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