Five things India need to do in second Test at Lord's

England hopes Curran can carry-on against India

England hopes Curran can carry-on against India

As India take on England in the second Test match at Lord's, starting Thursday (August 9), the tourists would expect their floundering batsmen to take more responsibility in pursuit of a series-levelling victory.

If only another member of India's much-vaunted top-order had made a sizeable contribution, the result may well have been different. Kohli was in prolific form and will be key batsman for visitors in the 2nd Test as well.

"It is purely because we haven't won the games".

"It doesn't matter whether I get (over) the line or Jinks (Ajinkya Rahane) does or (Murali) Vijay does or KL (Rahul) does or whoever does". We expect Kohli and give a good performance in the second Test. At no stage, however, should India compromise on the five-bowler option.

In 17 Tests since Root became captain in July 2017, England have managed just nine hundreds between them and, even more concerningly for their fans, have been dismissed for under 300 in their first innings seven times and for under 250 in the second innings nine times.

"Then we need some composure", he added. "We need a little bit more composure there and that, as a batting unit, we have discussed".

India played the first Test at Edgbaston with three specialist fast bowlers and one spinner - the formula which is generally followed overseas - with Ravichandran Ashwin being the only spinner.

England's Joe Root, Stuart Broad, Adil Rashid and Ollie Pope on the players balcony during a rain delay.

On the other hand, England will be without Ben Stokes and the all-rounder is likely to be replaced by Royal Challengers Bangalore star Chris Woakes, who was named in the squad for the second Test.

"Ollie will come in and bat at four". His form in the first Test proves him to be vital in the playing XI. (Source: Reuters) Opening day at Lord's saw no cricket and few fans coming through the turnstiles. Joe Root and his men would start confident thanks to their win in the first Test. Can he deliver on the big stage? I remember talking about Ashwin in my preview to this series and I am happy with the way he has presented himself.

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