England v India: Rain delays start of second Test at Lord's

England v India: Rain delays start of second Test at Lord's

Watch continued coverage of the second Test between England and India on Sky Sports Cricket.

Stokes faces a court hearing in Bristol this week after he was charged with affray following an incident outside a nightclub last summer.

Virat Kohli has converted 13 of 20 Test 50s into 100s since the start of 2015; the best rate of any batsman to reach 50 more than once in that time (65%), although Joe Root has got to 50 11 times more than anyone else in the same timeframe (42), he has only managed to convert 19% of those into centuries.

"Ben Stokes is unavailable, but Chris Woakes, with some extra matches and practices under his belt, can now return to the England squad after injury", Smith concluded.

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. They can also be made captains. Ajinkya Rahane scored a first innings hundred to help India recover from 145 for seven, Bhuvneshwar Kumar took six wickets in the first innings and Ishant Sharma seven in the second as England wilted against the short ball.

Malan was replaced by 20-year-old Ollie Pope, who is set to make his debut.

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Two fallible sides provoked apoplexy among their supporters at times during the first three days at Edgbaston. "He and AB de Villiers have got the best techniques, and AB de Villiers is not playing Test cricket so that makes him (Kohli) the stand-out player", Waugh added.

They also have the option of playing a second-spinner, be it orthodox left-armer Ravindra Jadeja or left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, with all-rounder Hardik Pandya the man most likely to miss out if either slow bowler is selected. There we need some composure, other than aggression.

As for India needing more runs from their batsmen, Arun said: "If you look at the [Edgbaston] scores, it's only Virat Kohli and Joe Root who have been able to contend with the moving ball".

"The conditions were trying".

"The frustrating thing about last week it wasn't poor batsmanship (sic) that got me out, it was a poor passage of play in terms of running between the wickets". The Indian batting needs to step up for that to happen as no player except Kohli looked comfortable enough to survive for long enough in the Birmingham Test.

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