London - England captain Joe Root won the toss and elected to field
against India in the second Test at Lord's on Friday.
After rain washed out Thursday's scheduled first day without
a ball bowled, there were blue and sunny skies above Lord's although these soon
clouded over following the toss.
England, looking to take advantage of a green-tinged pitch,
made two changes from the side that beat India by 31 runs in the first Test at
Edgbaston last week to go 1-0 up in this five-match series.
As confirmed by England captain Joe Root on Wednesday,
Surrey batsman Ollie Pope was given a Test debut in place of Dawid Malan, who
was dropped after a run of low scores.
England were without Ben Stokes because of his ongoing trial
on a charge of affray in Bristol.
Fellow pace-bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes came into the
side in Stokes's absence, with off-spinner Moeen Ali dropped from a squad where
uncapped Essex pace bowler Jamie Porter had already been released.
"We are going to bowl first, with the weather around it
gives us a chance to take wickets early on," said Root at the toss.
"We've gone with four seamers and one spinner so Moeen
Ali is the unlucky one."
Root added: "We did think about two spinners but we
feel with that green tinge it gives a chance to get ahead of the game. I hope
Ollie Pope plays as he has done for his county and enjoys his debut."
Pope received his England cap from former England captain
Alec Stewart, his director of cricket at Surrey.
He is the fourth player under 21 to represent England in
Test cricket this year, following Mason Crane, Dominic Bess and Sam Curran.
India also made two changes, with Cheteshwar Pujara coming
in after struggling opener Shikhar Dhawan was dropped and left-arm
wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who caused England problems in the preceding
white-ball series, replacing paceman Umesh Yadav.
KL Rahul was set to open alongside Murali Vijay.
Kuldeep's inclusion meant India played two spinners, with
off-break bowler Ravichandran Ashwin, who starred at Edgbaston, retained.
"We would have bowled first," said India captain
Virat Kohli, who scored his first Test century in England - a brilliant 149 -
"The wicket looks good - it's a hard pitch, it's very
dry," the world's top-ranked Test and one-day international batsman added.
"Everyone is going to be in the game.
"The guys are feeling confident; it's just about
getting the mental aspect right.
"We've got to up for the battle, ready to do the dirty
Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (captain),
Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Adil
Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat
Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wkt), Hardik Pandya,
Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma
Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK), Marais Erasmus (RSA)
TV umpire: Chris Gaffaney (NZL)
Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)