England vs India 2018: 2nd Test Match, Lord’s: England Predicted Playing XI
England will take on India in the second Test Match at Mecca of Cricket, Lord’s. The hosts had taken a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. Therefore, the home side will like to extend their dominance and continue with the impetus. Sportzwiki brings you the England Predicted Playing XI.
England has brought in Ollie Pope for the second Test. In fact, the 20-year youngster is likely to make his debut at the place where all the aspiring players dream of playing. Thus, it would be a great opportunity for the young lad to leave his mark on his maiden appearance
Meanwhile, England will miss the services of their talisman all-rounder Ben Stokes who is on a trial. Therefore, Chris Woakes will come in place of Stokes. So there would be changes in England’s playing XI.
Here is a look at the England Predicted Playing XI for the second Test match:
England’s veteran batsman Alastair Cook had fallen down to Ravichandran Ashwin in both innings. The experienced batsman will like to find a way around Ashwin.
Opener Keaton Jennings had a decent first match where he gave a good start in the first innings. Jennings will also like to tighten his technique while facing Ashwin.
Joe Root will like to break up with his love affair of scoring fifties. It is frustrating for the England captain to not convert his starts into substantial scores.
Ollie Pope has had a dream season in the County Championship. The young batsman will like to take his skills to the topmost level with aplomb.
Jonny Bairstow (wk)
Jonny Bairstow is going to be pivotal for England. The England gloveman had scored a fine 70 in the first innings. Therefore, the right-hander will look to continue with his good form.
Jos Buttler had a quiet first Test match. Consequently, the combative right-hander will like to catapult his attack on the visitors.
England will aim to make the most of the impetus.
Chris Woakes will have to fill in the big shoes of Ben Stokes. Woakes has recovered from his injury and must make it into the playing XI.
Adil Rashid didn’t bowl a lot in the first match. However, he did his job whenever he was introduced in the attack. The leg-spinner will like to keep delivering for his team.
87 runs and five wickets in the opening Test match made Sam Curran the hero of the first match. The 20-year old youngster showed maturity in his game.
Stuart Broad didn’t bowl to his potential in the first innings. However, he was able to bounce back in the second innings.
James Anderson also bowled his heart out in the opening Test match. England’s pack leader will like to continue with his good show.
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