England have won the toss and have elected to bowl first in the second Test match against India at Lord’s, London. On day 1, the persistent drizzle has forced the play to be called of without a ball being bowled. Following a final inspection at 4.45 pm local time, umpires decided to end the Day.
England (Playing XI): Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root(c), Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow(w), Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
At the toss presentation, Indian captain Virat Kohli said, "We wanted to bowl first to be honest looking at the weather. Not only today but also for the next few days, it's going to be the same. It supposed to be a shortened game. It's a hard pitch, looks dry. The wicket looks good, much better than Edgbaston and the boys are confident. Everyone has to be in the game. The batsmen, the spinners. We have to enjoy the game. We have brought back Pujara, KL Rahul moves up the order in place of Shikhar. Kuldeep Yadav comes in the side for Umesh Yadav purely because the surface is dry. We need an attacking wrist spinner. We have a good balance looking at two spinners and a quality all-rounder."
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