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India vs England 2nd Test: Preview, team news, possible XIs

By Balaji

India are under immense pressure after losing the first game of the series as their hopes of making the final of WTC is under serious trouble. The Chennai wicket that was offered was criticized by several players and experts and it made the team that won the toss run away with the game which eventually was the turning point of the game.

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India have never let the opposition team to be so dominant in their home in the last 4 odd years except for the freak loss against Australia in Pune in 2017. India is considered to be one of the toughest places for a visiting nation to even complete let alone winning the game.

Lets take a look at the team news of both the teams.

IND vs ENG: Axar Patel to make his test debut

It is a known fact that Ravindra Jadeja is ruled out of the series and India picked Axar Patel who has the similar skillsets as that of Ravindra Jadeja for the test series but Axar Patel was ruled out of the first test due to injury which forced India to play Shahbaz Nadeem which didn’t end well.

It has been confirmed that Axar Patel is fit and is available for selection which makes him a direct entrant into the playing 11.

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India playing 11

Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah

England replace Dom Bess with Moeen Ali

The India vs England series was anticipated as a one way traffic mainly because of England’s inferior spin attack compared to India but England spinners have taken the challenge to emerge successful.

It has been confirmed that England will replace Dom Bess with Moeen Ali. They have also decided to rest James Anderson and replace him with Stuart Broad. The tearaway quick in Jofra Archer has also been ruled out for this game and either of Chris Woakes or Olly Stone will take the field. Ben Foakes will handle the wicket-keeping duties as Jos Butter has gone back home.

England playing 11

Dom Sibley, Rory Burns, Dan Lawrence, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes, Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Jack Leach

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