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

Sherman Parsons
August 10, 2018

Sachin Tendulkar will ring the bell to signal five minutes before the start of play on Day One of the second England v India Specsavers Test match at Lord's on Thursday.

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With Ben Stokes unavailable because of his court case, either Moeen Ali or Chris Woakes will take his place in the side and bat at No 7.

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In his 200 Test matches for his country, he scored 15,921 runs, averaging 53.78 and making 51 centuries in the process.

Early morning overcast skies in north London eventually gave way to gentle but persistent rain which was sufficient to ensure the pitch and square remained fully covered. He said the 29-year-old Indian captain and his RCB teammate AB de Villiers had the best batting technique but as the South African cricketer was not playing Test cricket anymore Virat was now the best in the world. With Jasprit Bumrah not fit enough to take the field, the visiting team is likely to stick with the same bowling attack that played in Edgbaston.

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