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

Ben Stokes following day four of the Specsavers First Test match at Edgbaston

India batsmen need to produce a better show in the second Test to give a tough fight to England. The Indian batting needs to step up for that to happen as no player except Kohli looked comfortable enough to survive for long enough in the Birmingham Test.

James Anderson (90) is six scalps away from becoming the all-time leading wicket-taker in Tests between England and India (Bhagwath Chandrasekhar, 95); he also needs six dismissals to become the first bowler to take 100 Test wickets at Lord's, he'd be only the second player to claim that many at a single venue (Muralitharan at three different grounds).

India too could make a top-order change with the experienced Cheteshwar Pujara waiting in the wings if struggling opener Shikhar Dhawan is omitted. A lot has been spoken about the need for Kohli to trust his batsmen but history suggests the Indian captain may not be averse to chopping and changing once again.

Two spinners or one spinner?

However, the temperature dropped on Wednesday and it is expected to remain cool over the next few days, with occasional showers as well.

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Neither team have named their final XI, although 20-year-old batsman Ollie Pope will make his England debut. He will replace Dawid Malan, who was poor with both the bat and at the slips in the first Test.

A decision on whether or not to play Moeen Ali as the second spinner will also be made tomorrow depending on the conditions, the England captain said. They may go in for a like-for-like replacement with the inclusion of pace-bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes, who has recovered from an injury.

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

Pope only made his first-class debut in March previous year and has been called into the squad on the back of a mere 15 matches, while he has never batted in the top five in County Championship cricket.

It will be interesting to see who England will turn to in the absence of Stokes.

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