England v India: Rain delays start of second Test at Lord's

Ben Stokes following day four of the Specsavers First Test match at Edgbaston

Chris Woakes has initially replaced Ben Stokes in the squad for the second Test Credit PA

Watch day two of the second Test between England and India, at Lord's, live on Sky Sports Cricket (channel 404) and Sky Sports Main Event (channel 401) from 10.30am on Friday.

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. India need to think about a second spinner at Lord's. Umesh Yadav was also impactful.

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

Ganguly, India's second most successful captain in Tests jointly with Virat Kohli at the moment, wrote in a column for the Times of India that India should seriously consider the option of fielding a second spinner at the iconic venue and also backed the chinaman ahead of the senior left-arm spinner.

England, on the other hand, face similar issues in their batting department.

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Captain Root confirmed in Wednesday's media interaction that 20-year-old Ollie Pope will be handed his maiden Test cap tomorrow. They were reduced to 80 for seven in the second innings before young all-rounder Sam Curran's attacking 63 rescued them as they reached 180.

But Stokes was omitted by England because he is in court this week on a criminal charge of affray. He will be a huge miss indeed so England will have to take that call to replace him either with Chris Woakes or Moeen Ali.

"We really need to look at any change in strategy, depending on the wicket". Just one of England's last 28 Test matches to have been played on home soil has ended in a draw (W18, L9); Joe Root's men have claimed victory in six of their last eight in England (L2).

Thursday was the first time a full day's play has been lost at Lord's since the opening day of the first test against Pakistan in 2001. He picked up five wickets and scored 97 runs to be decisive in the low-scoring contest at Birmingham.

Will it be another one-man show or will the Indian batsmen put up an improved performance? That said, given the nature of the pitch at Lord's and England spin troubles, the visitors might play Kuldeep Yadav alongside Ashwin.

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