In a bid to square off the four-match Test series, Indian cricket team could make at least one change in its playing 11 for second test, starting February 13, against England at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. England, on the other hand, has announced its 12-member squad for the second Test on the eve of the second Test. The visitors have made four changes in their playing 11 from previous match. Jos Buttler has returned home after the first Test while Jofra Archer was ruled out due to elbow injury.
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India vs England playing 11 predictions
Axar had a minor knee niggle and has already started batting at the nets. He looks set to make his Test debut in the second Test. The inclusion of Axar in India playing 11 might pave the way for Kuldeep’s return in the line-up. It was observed that Washington Sundar got a go ahead from Kuldeep in the first Test as the Indian team management was looking to strengthen its lower-order. However, Axar’s inclusion will solve that issue. Axar Patel is recognised as a bowling all-rounder in domestic cricket and the Indian Premier League
India vs England 2nd Test pitch report
After one of the flattest decks on offer during the IND vs ENG first Test in Chennai, the task will be cut out for Tamil Nadu Cricket Association's rookie curator V Ramesh Kumar and BCCI Head of Pitches and Grounds Committee Head Taposh Chatterjee, to provide a track which doesn't make toss so crucial.
While currently, there is grass cover on one of the adjacent strips, which could be used for the second match, it is a given that there will be a fair share of turn.
It will be interesting to see whether Ramesh and Chatterjee stop watering the track during the next three days.
If a dry pitch is baked adequately in sunshine, there could always be a case of pitch breaking early.
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Here are squads of both the teams:India squad for 2nd Test: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Rahul Chahar, Shahbaz Nadeem.
England squad for 1st Test: Joe Root, Jofra Archer, Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.