With the first Test between England and India ending in a draw, the focus now shifts towards the second Test match between the nations which is set to take place at Lord’s on 12th August. The hosts would be hoping to put up a better performance when they take the field for the second game of the series against the Virat Kohli-led side.
With just two days remaining for the start of the second Test between England and India, the home side has included star all-rounder Moeen Ali to their squad for the second game of the five-Test series, to be played at Lord’s.
Moeen Ali last played Test match against India in Chennai earlier this year, taking eight wickets along with a brilliant cameo with a bat but subsequently returned home as part of the rotation policy.
The all-rounder has been in terrific form over the last few months. He was the integral part of CSK in the first phase of the IPL and then took his form to the inaugural edition of the Hundred tournament, where he leads Birmingham Phoenix. The Southpaw scored blistering 59 off 28 balls last night which helped his team go at the top of the table.
Ali’s addition in the squad could plug a few holes for England as his inclusion will give the hosts more depth in batting and add the variety to the spin attack against India.The spin-bowling all rounder will join the rest of the squad later today (10th August) and will begin his training in the afternoon.
Here’s England squad for the second Test:
Joe Root (C), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley, Mark Wood
England won the toss and opted to bat at Nottingham. The hosts’ displayed a poor batting performance and were bundled out for just 183 runs in the first innings. For India, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami were the pick of the bowlers and shared seven wickets between them.
In reply Team India rode on the KL Rahul’s 84 runs, Ravindra Jadeja’s 56 and handy contributions from the tail posted a first-innings total of 278 runs, with an overall lead of 95 runs with Ollie Robinson, taking 5/85 along with James Anderson who took a four-wicket haul and went past Anil Kumble’s tally of 617.
In the second essay, the home side displayed a better batting performance and on account of Joe Root’s 21st Test century posted a total of 303 runs, setting visitors a target of 209 runs. Jasprit Bumrah once again shined with the ball and took a five-wicket haul. Chasing the target, the Virat Kohli-led side were 52/1 until the rain played the spoilsport and washed out the entire Day 5 and the game ended in a draw.