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Look England seek to surpass India without Stokes at Lord’s

10 August 2018
Look England seek to surpass India without Stokes at Lord’s

Officials later confirmed that 98 overs, rather than the standard 90, would be scheduled for the second day in a bid to make-up lost playing time.

In team news, England had announced a 12-man squad with 20-year-old batsman Ollie Pope coming in to make his debut at number four after replacing Dawid Malan in the squad.

Tendulkar notably played his first ever Test match against England at the Lord's in 1990, and he also played his last ever competitive match in the same venue in 2014 post his worldwide retirement, when he played for the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC - He has been an honorary member of the club since 2010) against a Rest-of-the-World XI, on the occasion of the Lord's ground's 200th birthday.

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. Kohli was in prolific form and will be key batsman for visitors in the 2nd Test as well.

India batsmen need to produce a better show in the second Test to give a tough fight to England. Ajinkya Rahane scored a first innings hundred to help India recover from 145 for seven, Bhuvneshwar Kumar took six wickets in the first innings and Ishant Sharma seven in the second as England wilted against the short ball. If they feel the need to go for an extra spin-bowling option, Moeen Ali might get a look in.

Meanwhile England have revealed that new boy Ollie Pope will bat at No.4 on his debut. I do think that a result is still possible if the rain stays away - and that's a big if.

"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".

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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.

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