India vs England Lord’s Test: What comes as a major blow for the Indian Cricket team is that the star Indian pacer Shardul Thakur is likely to miss the second test against England due to a hamstring injury.
Shardul suffered an unfortunate hamstring injury while practicing ahead of the India vs England Lord’s Test commencing on August 12. However, no official update on his injury has been made yet & the BCCI is likely to take a final decision on his availability by today. Indian off-spinner
Ravichandran Ashwin who was left out of the Playing XI for the first test could replace Shardul Thakur in the second test. The Indian cricket team fielded four-seamers & one pacer during the first test. However, due to Shardul Thakur’s sudden injury, Ravichandran Ashwin could enter India’s Playing XI for the second test.
It looks like not only India but also England has suffered an injury blow. According to the latest update from England’s squad, pacer Stuart Broad is likely to miss the second test after suffering a calf injury. Stuart injured his right calf while training ahead of the second test. He is yet to undergo scans & his participation will be depended on his medical reports.
However, England has included all-rounder Moeen Ali for the Lord’s test. Moeen might replace Stuart in the Playing XI for the second test match at Lord’s. The all-rounder has joined the squad on Tuesday for training sessions. Joe Root led England’s squad has been struggling with poor batting performance in the absence of key players from the squad. Thus on Monday Silverwood hinted at including Haseeb Hameed & Moeen Ali in the squad for the second test to balance England’s fragile batting order.
In the first test against India, England was bowled out for 183 runs in the first innings & could manage to score just 303 runs in the second innings on the back of Joe Root’s stunning 109 runs knock. However, the match ended in a draw as the match was abandoned on day five of the first test. India will lock horns with England in the second test match starting on August 12th at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
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