Rain wipes out day one of second Test between England and India

Rain wipes out day one of second Test between England and India

England will miss the services of all-rounder Ben Stokes, who will be appearing in Bristol to answer charges of affray.

England lost to Pakistan at Lord's earlier this year, they have never lost two Test matches in the same calendar year at the famous venue however.

Stokes sent a message of good luck to England and debutant Pope on Instagram on Thursday morning.

India U-19 team member and rising left-arm pacer Arjun Tendulkar was seen bowling to skipper Virat Kohli in the nets ahead of the second Test against England at the Lord's Cricket Ground.

India came up with a decent performance in Edgbaston but it was not enough to stop Joe Root's men from taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

"It is not like I feel bad that I got runs and we couldn't get across the line", added Kohli, now the world's top-ranked batsman in both Test and one-day worldwide cricket.

This is not the first occasion when Arjun had bowled in Team India nets.

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"As long as we cross the line, that is the only thing that matters", Kohli insisted. He smashed his first Test century (149) in the first innings and a 51 in the second innings as wickets kept tumbling at the other end.

Meanwhile England have revealed that new boy Ollie Pope will bat at No.4 on his debut.

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

"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".

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.

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. Joe Root and his men would start confident thanks to their win in the first Test.

Well, bowling coach Bharat Arun hinted the visitors may not opt for an extra batsman and called it a "conservative move". They can also be made captains.

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