Lord's Test can make or break the series for India: Gambhir

Share

All-rounder Chris Woakes have also been recalled to fill up the gap of Ben Stokes who will not be available for Lord's Test as it would clash with his trial in Bristol court for charges of affray.

"There must be a clear plan on how to face the first 20-30 balls, and more often than not that plan does not involve aggression", said Kohli, who was extremely watchful against swing king James Anderson, England´s all-time leading Test wicket-taker, at Edgbaston. Either Chris Woakes or Moeen Ali will replace Stokes in the England playing XI.

England lead the five-match series 1-0 after a thrilling 31-run win at Edgbaston.

Meanwhile, England captain Joe Root announced the dropping of left-handed Dawid Malan from the side, with 20-year-old Ollie Pope selected as the replacement at number four. At the start of the summer we were below par and it would be easy to look too far into that, but against South Africa there was a lot of spin and against India (in 2014) spin came into it a lot in the second innings. "It is not like I feel bad that I got runs and we couldn't get across the line", he said.

Indonesia hit with another earthquake, causing buildings to fall
Workers with heavy machinery are searching the rubble of homes, schools and mosques, with hope of finding any survivors fading. With hospitals and clinics also affected, numerous injured have had to be treated in the open air or in makeshift clinics.

'One of the most exciting things about last week is that we weren't at our best, ' said Root. "Jamie Porter is the unlucky one to miss out", Root told a pre-match press conference at Lord's on Wednesday.

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.

England captain Joe Root and India captain Virat Kohli.

On the other end of the scenario, young Ollie Pope made his first class debut in a year ago March and has been running a sensational form for Surrey since then, averaging 85 in the County Championship.

Ben Stokes trial: Jury shown CCTV footage of ‘groin grab’
Stokes - who starred on Saturday as England beat India in the first Test at Edgbaston - Ali and Hale each deny a charge of affray. Stokes, in a written statement given to police after he had been arrested, said he had acted in self-defence when punching Mr.

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

He also urged his batsmen to maintain composure, instead of resorting to aggression.

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.

Therefore, Gambhir feels that this is India's best opportunity to win a Test in England and if they don't, it will be very hard to make a comeback in the series as it will get colder and conditions will change.

China defends Iran business ties after Trump threat
US President Donald Trump announced the ban on Twitter on Monday, writing: "The Iran sanctions have officially been cast". USA sanctions on Iran's energy sector are to be re-imposed after a 180-day wind-down period ending on November 4.

Kohli & Root- The two skippers are going to be the most important batsmen and even in fantasy cricket, they need to fit in all teams.

Share