Arjun Tendulkar bowls to Virat Kohli

James Anderson and Virat Kohli enjoyed a battle in the opening Test

James Anderson and Virat Kohli enjoyed a battle in the opening Test

"It hurts when you are not scoring runs (and) as well, the team is not doing well", Kohli said ahead of the crunch clash at the hone of cricket.

India went down to England in the first Test at Edgbaston by 31 runs and now trail hosts 1-0 in the series.

20-year-old Ollie Pope has the highest average in the 2018 County Championship of anyone to record more than two innings (85.5 across 10 knocks); he replaces Dawid Malan who has only managed an average of 19.9 over the 11 Test innings he recorded in 2018.

But Stokes was omitted by England because he is in court this week on a criminal charge of affray.

"We really need to look at any change in strategy, depending on the wicket".

Atlanta Braves broadcaster Joe Simpson suggests Juan Soto might lie about age
But while that take was mostly just annoying, what Simpson said Tuesday afternoon was downright stupid and borderline offensive. And he is one heck of a player. "You might as well just write his name in on the Rookie of the Year award right now".

England's Joe Root, Stuart Broad, Adil Rashid and Ollie Pope on the players balcony during a rain delay.

England would also like to see an improved batting performance. "But he's obviously an exciting talent and, with the guys around him, I think he fits nicely into that position in our team". At no stage, however, should India compromise on the five-bowler option. I do think that a result is still possible if the rain stays away - and that's a big if.

As stated before, there will be clouds hanging over the Lord's Cricket Ground over the next few days as the temperatures have dropped following the heat wave that swept the city earlier this week. "He's very mature for a young man", said Root.

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 global 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.

"It's a good choice, a tough one too", Bharat Arun, India's bowling coach, told reporters at Lord's. On the bowling front, they will be tempted to play two spinners but if that happens, it will be interesting to see who gets left out. "The challenge is there for us to adapt even better and we have our plans in place".

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