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

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

Rain meant there was no play before lunch on the first day of the second Test between England and India at Lord's on Thursday.

Most of England was in the grip of a heat wave over the past two months and it seemed like the Indians would get to start the Lord's Test with conditions similar to the sub-continent.

"There must be a clear plan on how to face the first 20-30 balls, and more often than not that plan does not involve aggression", said Kohli, who was extremely watchful against swing king James Anderson, England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker, at Edgbaston. While the weather continues to play tricks at London, it is not all gloom and doom for the Indians.

In 1990, Tendulkar's first Test match against England came at Lord's, and he was made an Honorary Life Member of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in 2010. India could make changes in the playing XI. Five days later, here we are, at the home of cricket. He's obviously batted at six for Surrey this season - but having seen him play a little bit, and the way his game is set up, I think it's very much transferable to bat at four.

This is not the first occasion when Arjun had bowled in Team India nets. The uncapped Essex seam bowler Jamie Porter again misses out from the squad of 13.

Captain Root confirmed in Wednesday's media interaction that 20-year-old Ollie Pope will be handed his maiden Test cap tomorrow.

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India struggled against the swinging ball, with England finding it hard to combat Ravichandran Ashwin's off-spin.

In 17 Tests since Root became captain in July 2017, England have managed just nine hundreds between them and, even more concerningly for their fans, have been dismissed for under 300 in their first innings seven times and for under 250 in the second innings nine times.

Ishant Sharma has taken 4+ wickets in three of his last four Test innings in England; including his five-wicket haul at Edgbaston in England's second innings.

"It's a good choice, a tough one too", Bharat Arun, India's bowling coach, told reporters at Lord's on Tuesday.

"Then we need some composure", he added.

"The conditions were trying".