Rain returns to delay scheduled start

MS Dhoni Virat Kohli

"When the wicket wears off, the spinners can come into play as well", Kohli said.

Only four days are left in the yet-to-start second Test between England and India at Lord's Cricket Ground here, and the players and fans will hope that the rain Gods stay away on day two on Friday.

England captain Joe Root and India captain Virat Kohli.

We should find out what we need to know at approximately 10.30am local time, with play scheduled to start at 11. He also amassed 9,779 runs in 211 ODIs at 58.2 and 2,102 runs at 48.8 in 62 T20Is.

Joe Root has confirmed that the 20-year-old debutant Ollie Pope will bat at No 4 in the second Test against India at Lord's today.

The big question for India will be if they will play two spinners, after having played R Ashwin as the lone spinner in the opening Test.

If the leaked team-sheet proves authentic, then Kohli and the team management have opted to field the same playing XI that had lost the first Test of the five-match series at Edgbaston last week.

Chris Woakes is expected to replace all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is standing trial in Bristol on a charge of affray.

Despite the issues with the batting order, Kohli remains upbeat about his team's chances of levelling the series when the match gets under way on Thursday.

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