While the second Test between India and England at the Lord's Cricket Ground, which was set to get underway earlier today, has been delayed due to heavy rains in London and according to the latest reports, the Lunch interval has been taken.
But Stokes was omitted by England because he is in court this week on a criminal charge of affray.
Kohli recently surpassed banned cricketer Steve Smith to become the top-ranked batsman in ICC Test Batting rankings, after the first Test against England at Edgbaston in which he scored a century and a fifty.
India: Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.
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There was a lot of talk about the inclusion of seamer Jamie Porter ahead of the first Test but Captain Root preferred Sam Curran and the player delivered a Man-of-the-Match performance. Joe Root and his men would start confident thanks to their win in the first Test.
20-year-old Ollie Pope has the highest average in the 2018 County Championship of anyone to record more than two innings (85.5 across 10 knocks); he replaces Dawid Malan who has only managed an average of 19.9 over the 11 Test innings he recorded in 2018.
For England, they will be missing the services of all-rounder Ben Stokes, which would hurt them as he was among the wickets in the second innings at Edgbaston.
As far as the play on the first day is concerned, it is likely to be washed out. Kumar Sangakkara and Nasser Hussain joined Ian Ward in the Zone to have a look at how Kohli has gone about addressing some of his technical issues and how England might look to counter them.
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"I think it's sometimes easy to criticise the batting group but I thought the way both seaming groups in particular bowled was outstanding".
But Arun said Jasprit Bumrah was "out of contention", the paceman still sidelined after missing the first Test with the broken thumb he suffered during a Twenty20 global against Ireland in June. "The challenge is there for us to adapt even better and we have our plans in place". "So that would have been deflating for him, and he will look to square the ledger when he comes back to Australia", Waugh added.
But he was wary of playing an extra batsman at Lord's.
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