Team India’s game plans for the second test will not get hampered by rain as they target to clinch a series levelling victory in the second test of the four match test series against England.
The second test between India & England will start from February 13 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. As per the weather forecast website AccuWeather, the weather is expected to be sunny on all the five days of the second test match. England lead the four match test series against India 1-0. England defeated team India by 227 runs in the Opening test which was also held at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Axar Patel has recovered completely after being sidelined for the first test due to severe pain in his left knee. The all-rounder is available for selection in the second test match. Shahbaz Nadeem who has been featured in the opening test against England has been added along with Rahul Chahar to the group of standby players. The playing XI squad for the second test hasn’t been announced so far. England have announced a 12-man squad for the second Test.
Pacer James Anderson & Jofra Archer will not be featured in the second test amongst the fast bowlers. Jos Butler has been rested for the remaining three tests of the series & Ben Foakes will wear the wicketkeeper gloves as confirmed by Joe Root during a virtual press conference on Friday. Dom Bess is the last player missing out from the lineup that featured in the first Test.
India Test squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (Vice-Captain), KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Md. Siraj, Shardul Thakur.
England XII for second Test: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Ben Foakes (w), Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.