India vs England 2nd Test: Toss report: England win, elect to bowl; Kohli brings in Ishant for Shardul

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But
once
the
toss
was
held,
England
won
it
and
elected
to
bowl
first
quite
expectedly
under
overcast
skies.

Both
India
and
England
will
be
eyeing
a
series
lead
at
Lord’s
in
the
five-match
series
after
the
first
Test
ended
in
a
draw.
The
final
day
was
delicately
placed
at
Trent
Bridge
but
rain
washed
out
the
entire
day’s
play.

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However,
at
Lord’s
teams
will
be
eyeing
a
different
fortune
with
weather
forecast
tells
much
better
match
days
at
Central
London.
Both
India
and
England
have
injury
concerns.

India
has
lost
pacer
Shardul
Thakur
to
injury
and
as
India
skipper
Virat
Kohli
said
the
Mumbaikar
could
play
again
in
the
third
Test.
India
will
think
hard
and
long
of
a
replacement
for
Thakur.
Considering
Lord’s
propensity
to
favour
quicker
bowlers,
India
might
think
of
bringing
in
either
Ishant
Sharma
or
Umesh
Yadav.

But
they
will
also
ponder
over
the
inclusion
of
veteran
off-spinner
R
Ashwin,
who
can
excel
in
any
conditions
anywhere.
But
eventually,
Ishant
was
preferred
over
others.

On
their
part,
England
has
lost
veteran
pacer
Stuart
Broad
to
a
calf
injury,
and
he
will
not
play
the
entire
series
and
will
now
shift
focus
to
the
Ashes
later
this
year
to
be
played
in
Australia.
England
has
drafted
in
pacer
Saqib
Mahmood
as
cover
for
him,
though
the
home
side
is
likely
to
go
with
express
pace
bowler
Mark
Wood.

England
has
also
released
spinner
Dom
Bess
and
middle-order
batsman
Ollie
Pope
from
the
squad
and
the
duo
now
will
return
to
their
respective
county
teams
for
domestic
matches.
All-rounder
Moeen
Ali,
who
has
been
called
up
for
this
Test,
too
will
fancy
his
chances
of
making
it
to
the
Playing
11.

As
expected,
Moeen,
Wood
came
in
to
the
11
along
with
Haseeb
Hameed.


Playing
11s


India:

Rohit
Sharma,
KL
Rahul,
Cheteshwar
Pujara,
Virat
Kohli
(Captain),
Ajinkya
Rahane,
Rishabh
Pant
(WK),
Ravindra
Jadeja,
Mohammed
Shami,
Ishant
Sharma,
Jasprit
Bumrah,
Mohammed
Siraj.


England:

Rory
Burns,
Dominic
Sibley,
Haseeb
Hameed,
Joe
Root
(Captain),
Jonny
Bairstow,
Jos
Buttler
(WK),
Moeen
Ali,
Sam
Curran,
Ollie
Robinson,
Mark
Wood,
James
Anderson.

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