Indian playing XI for the second Test leaked


Whether England use such tactics and whether they work though, remains to be seen.

Having won just three out of their last nine Tests here, England go into this second game with a poor recent record. But even if they don't, the general expectation is that the pitch would turn out to be quite dry. "As long as we cross the line, that is the only thing that matters". "So that would have been deflating for him, and he will look to square the ledger when he comes back to Australia", Waugh added. "So we have to start well and try to stay on top if we can", he said.

Today's instalment, however, will see young Surrey batsman Ollie Pope thrust into the middle order to make his debut, with Root confirming yesterday the 20-year-old would bat at No 4. If they feel the need to go for an extra spin-bowling option, Moeen Ali might get a look in.

"Then we need some composure", he added.

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah. "But he's obviously an exciting talent and, with the guys around him, I think he fits nicely into that position in our team". He will replace Dawid Malan, who was poor with both the bat and at the slips in the first Test.

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Root, frustratingly run out for 80 in England's first innings at Edgbaston, said it was important to put the side's batting struggles into perspective.

England captain Joe Root and India captain Virat Kohli.

"It's a crucial part of Test cricket, especially India being such a good side you have to take those chances".

England lost to Pakistan at Lord's earlier this year, they have never lost two Test matches in the same calendar year at the famous venue however. "Being in the right mindset is a very individual thing and as captain you can only have meetings and chats which we do on a regular basis", he said.

"I'm looking forward to him, more than anything, just going out there and being himself - and playing exactly as he has done throughout this summer". It might have been in white ball cricket but I still see that I've made an improvement in that area and I wanted to take that forward into this format.