First day of second Test between England and India abandoned at Lord's

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Hosts England lead the five-match series after their 31-run victory in the gripping first Test at Birmingham. The visitors' bowling unit impressed, picking 20 wickets for the fourth successive time on the road since the start of the year, but their batting, barring captain Kohli, was a big letdown.

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

However, it remains to be seen if Dhawan will be dropped after just one bad outing.

Virat Kohli and his men though might now have to deal with the seam and swing of the English pacers, under overcast conditions. London had experienced heat waves and thus dry wickets were expected at Lord's. You can also follow our live blog for ball-by-ball updates and analysis on cricketnext.com.Pope, who is just 20, will slot in at number four for England, as a direct replacement for Dawid Malan, despite not batting there for his county Surrey - a decision that has anxious some, but not Root."I know that might be seen as quite a big jump", said Root.

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England: Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Moeen Ali.

England will miss the services of all-rounder Ben Stokes, who will be appearing in Bristol to answer charges of affray.

Ollie Pope was due to make his Test debut on Thursday but will now have to wait until Friday, when he will hope the weather picks up enough for him to take to the field with his first England cap. There were strong suggestions on Wednesday that both the teams might mull the option of playing a second spinner, but now it looks a far cry.

If the Indian team decide to go ahead with that strategy, Umesh Yadav may have to sit out with Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya handling the pace duties.

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