The India vs England 1st Test didn’t go well for both the teams as the test not only ended in a draw but also they lost two WTC Points for maintaining a slow over-rate in the first test held at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
The International Cricket Council on Wednesday said in an Official release that two WTC points of both the teams have been deducted as they couldn’t maintain the over-rate. Apart from two WTC Points Deduction, both the teams have also been fined 40% of their match fee. “Apart from the point deduction, hosts England were also fined 40% of the match fee for a slow over-rate while Virat Kohli’s India was also penalized 40% by match referee Chris Broad,” said a part of the release.
Now both India & England have two points each in their WTC Points table heading into the second Test at the Lord’s Cricket Ground. What makes things difficult for both teams is the injury concerns which they are facing. Recently England’s pacer Stuart Broad encountered a calf injury during a training session while India’s pacer Shardul Thakur has suffered a hamstring injury & the duos will miss the second test starting on August 12 at Lord’s.
Both the injured players had displayed a good performance in India vs England 1st Test. Broad looked dangerous in the second innings of the first test as he removed KL Rahul while Shardul Thakur has scalped crucial wickets in both innings of the first test.
Ravichandran Ashwin might replace Shardul Thakur in the second test match. However, Indian Captain Virat Kohli earlier hinted that they want to go ahead with the 4-1 bowlers combination throughout the test series. Meanwhile, England has recalled Moeen Ali into the Playing XI ahead of the second test. Ollie Pope may also find his way in the England squad for the second test starting from August 12 at the lord’s cricket stadium.
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