England vs. India- 2nd Test Preview: India seek retribution after close defeat at Edgbaston

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The Home Of Cricket is set to play host for the second of the five-match test series between England and India. England managed to take an early lead after a thrilling victory in the first test leaving Virat Kohli and co. several questions to answer.

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The England camp are too having their own problems in the wake of Ben Stokes’ trial which has forced him out of the test. Apart from that, the sloppiness of the slip cordon is another issue as it made matters rough for the hosts throughout the first match.

Despite the Indian bowling unit managing to perform as a unit, the batting order failed to live up to their expectation which leads to the question of the changes in the batting line up and order.

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The Indian skipper did not rule out the possibility of including an extra spinner in the playing XI despite the surface sporting a lot of grass.

While India look to level the series with yet another historic victory at Lord’s, the hosts will go with their momentum to stretch their lead to put pressure on the visitors.

England skipper, Joe Root revealed the playing XI which includes debutant Ollie Pope in place of Dawid Malan and Chris Woakes in place of Ben Stokes.

England Playing XI: Keaton Jennings, Alastair Cook, Joe Root (c), Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes/Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

India Probable XI: Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wk), R Ashwin, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav

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