Weather Forecast Day 2: Friday's weather may actually turn out to be just like Thursday with plenty of rain expected in the afternoon but there are signs that rain will subside from 3 pm onwards abut it will remain cloudy with chances of drizzle. Murali Vijay has a new opening partner in KL Rahul.
Apart from the draws, Birmingham has been a happy venue for England, with the hosts having been victorious in the matches that have not ended as draws.
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It is the first time a whole Test match day has been lost to the weather at the home of cricket since May 2001, against Pakistan. Some real good Test Cricket. Virat Kohli and Co are now 0-1 down in the series and Gautam Gambhir, the Delhi-born cricketer, reckons that it will be extremely hard for India to make a comeback if they lose the upcoming match.
Pope will become the fourth player under 21 to represent England in Test cricket this year, following Mason Crane, Dominic Bess and Sam Curran. He also made 18,426 runs in his 463 One-Day Internationals, with 49 hundreds.
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England, 1-0 up in the five-match series after an absorbing 31-run win at Edgbaston last week, will hand a debut to Surrey batsman Ollie Pope with the 20-year-old replacing the out-of-form Dawid Malan.
"When the wicket wears off, the spinners can come into play as well", Kohli said.
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Dhoni's double role: In the absence of pacer Zaheer Khan, who suffered a hamstring strain after bowling 13.3 overs on Day One of the first Test on July 21, 2011, India skipper at the time, Mahendra Singh Dhoni pulled off his big gloves and took the ball soon after lunch on Day Two.