Fantasy Cricket: Dream11 tips for 2nd Test-- England v India

Surrey’s Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes replace Dawid Malan and Ben Stokes respectively
Surrey’s Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes replace Dawid Malan and Ben Stokes respectively
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09 August, 2018

That was despite star batsman Kohli making exactly 200 runs in the game, including a superb first-innings 149 - his maiden Test century in England.

'But it's about backing it up now, looking for consistency in back-to-back games, and this is an opportunity to do that'.

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Chris Woakes will come in if England opt for a further seam option, while Moeen Ali will play if the hosts plump for two spinners. There were plenty of positives for both the sides coming out of that match.

It will also be interesting to see the effect that the absence of Ben Stokes has on England, not just being shorn of his talismanic talents on the field but also the much less easy to quantify psychological damage that the revelations from Bristol Crown Court might wreak as well.

"I think Steve Smith is probably the hungriest batsman but he's obviously not playing for 12 months, so Kohli really is the premier batsman in world cricket".

"Ollie Pope will come in and bat at four", said Root. "So we'll turn up tomorrow, see if it looks any different, and then make that decision", he added.

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R Ashwin's performances (7 for 121) at Edgbaston may have tempted India to play an extra spinner in Kuldeep Yadav or Ravindra Jadeja but the team management is expected to take a call based on the weather.

'He has reached a 1000 first class runs in just 15 matches and is the first division's stand-out batsman this season with 684 runs at 85.

India too could make a top-order change with the experienced Cheteshwar Pujara waiting in the wings if struggling opener Shikhar Dhawan is omitted.

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 global against Ireland in June.

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".


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