The opening Test resulted in a draw after the rain played the spoilsport. Team India dominated the hosts in the contest and were even cruising to victory. The visitors needed 157 runs on the final day with nine wickets in hand however, not a single delivery was bowled on the final day due to rain. The second Test gets underway tomorrow (August 12), and both teams will have a point to prove.
The start of the second Test between England and India to be played at Lord’s is just hours away from now. The hosts suffered the major blow as ace pacer Stuart Broad got injured during the training session and as per the reports, it is learned that the lanky pacer has been ruled out of the Lord’s Test.
With Stuart Broad likely to be ruled out of the second Test against India, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has added pacer Saqib Mahmood as cover for the former in the squad for the Lord’s Test. Also, spinner Dom Bess, who was the part of Joe root-led squad for the first Test, is set to leave the squad and return to Yorkshire.
“Lancashire seamer Saqib Mahmood has been added to the squad as cover for the second Test against India. Spinner Dom Bess will leave the squad and return to Yorkshire this morning,” the ECB said in an official statement.
Saqib Mahmood is yet to make his Test debut but the right-arm pacer has been very impressive in his short white-ball career so far. The 24-year-old was one of the main reasons behind a second-string England side thumping Pakistan 3-0. In a total of 7 ODIs, the Lancashire pacer has picked up 14 wickets.
Saqib Mahmood has a decent first-class record as in 22 FC matches, the right-arm pacer has taken 65 wickets at an average of 26.30 to go with an economy of 3.18. Though with the likes of Mark Wood and Craig Overton on the bench, Mahmood is unlikely to make his debut in Lord’s but if given chance he can be a lethal weapon for England as he can move the new ball with conventional swing and seam movement.