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

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

England cricket team on Sunday (5 August) announced the 13-member squad for the second Test match at Lord's starting on Thursday (9 August).

'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. No other batters supported Kohli, who at the other hand fought valiantly. Virat Kohli played a couple of incredible knocks of 149 and 51 respectively to keep the home team at bay for quite some time.

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. Ishant Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin tried their hearts out with the leather. Umesh Yadav was also impactful.

Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the Test match and that could mean an unchanged Indian seam attack.

New selector Ed Smith said upon the selections, "Dawid Malan drops out of the squad for Lord's".

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.

England have called up Surrey's Ollie Pope for Thursday's second Test against India at Lord's.

'He's obviously batted at six for Surrey this season, ' said the England captain.

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Joe Root made 80 in the first innings and looked slightly more comfortable against Ashwin in comparison to his teammates. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow had a good outing and surprisingly, Sam Curran came up with a vital cameo to guide England to a challenging total.

All-rounder Ben Stokes, who played an influential role in the Edgbaston win, is not a part of the Lord's Test and Jos Buttler said it is going to be a "massive miss".

'In the first innings, to create two half-chances and two clear chances was testament to how we've got good plans against him and found a way to potentially get him out.

Apart from this decision, England's bowling line-up looks set with James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Sam Curran and Adil Rashid.

Essex's Jamie Porter, named in the squad for each of the first two Tests, has been released once again.

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.

Wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who enjoyed an impressive run in the one-day series last month, and experienced allrounder Ravindra Jadeja are in contention for a spot in the final line-up.

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