Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Fantasy Cricket: Dream11 tips for 2nd Test-- England v India

Fantasy Cricket: Dream11 tips for 2nd Test-- England v India

Hosts England lead the five-match series after their 31-run victory in the gripping first Test at Birmingham.

Drawing a comparison with legends such as Brian Lara and Vivian Richards, Waugh said Kohli has shown all the traits of a great batsman. With the ball, there is little doubt about Ashwin who was India's star man picking up seven wickets in 1st Test. It's always a special occasion for these players to play at Lord's and the last time India played a Test match, they went onto win it.

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.

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

"I know that might be seen as quite a big jump".

"It is not like I feel bad that I got runs and we couldn't get across the line", added Kohli, now the world's top-ranked batsman in both Test and one-day worldwide cricket.

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Yet this season has seen Pope make 684 runs for Championship leaders Surrey at an average of 85.5, including three centuries.

"I think it's sometimes easy to criticise the batting group but I thought the way both seaming groups in particular bowled was outstanding".

We feel Shikhar Dhawan too could make way for C Pujara, who was surprisingly left out in the first Test.

Ganguly, India's second most successful captain in Tests jointly with Virat Kohli at the moment, wrote in a column for the Times of India that India should seriously consider the option of fielding a second spinner at the iconic venue and also backed the chinaman ahead of the senior left-arm spinner.

Well, bowling coach Bharat Arun hinted the visitors may not opt for an extra batsman and called it a "conservative move".

But Arun said Jasprit Bumrah was "out of contention", the paceman still sidelined after missing the first Test with the broken thumb he suffered during a Twenty20 worldwide against Ireland in June. "The challenge is there for us to adapt even better and we have our plans in place". His form in the first Test proves him to be vital in the playing XI.

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