The second Test match of five-match series between India and England was scheduled to kickstart on Thursday (9 August). However, the first day of the game was called off due to rain pouring on the ground.
Meanwhile, as per reports, the playing XI of both teams (India and England) has been leaked, as screenshots of the official scoresheet for the second Test have been doing the rounds on the internet. And if the leaked pictures of playing XI to be believed, Virat Kohli-led Indian side will be going ahead with an unchanged playing XI from the Edgbaston Test.
However, Joe Root has opted to go with fast bowler Chris Woakes over all-rounder Moeen Ali as Ben Stokes replacement.
— вυмяαн (@fake_bumrah_) August 9, 2018
Seems Like India is Unchanged. Playing Eleven is Leaked.
— Johns (@CricCrazyJohns) August 9, 2018
According to the leaked scoresheet, it will be the first time under Virat Kohli’s captaincy that India will be having the same playing XI in successive Tests.
Leaked Indian playing XI: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik, R Ashwin, Hardik pandya, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami.
Leaked England playing XI: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root, Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad and James Anderson.
Earlier, after the heartbreaking loss in the first Test, Virat Kohli had admitted that he was tempting to play two spinners on this wicket. However, the rain on Thursday would have surely made Virat Kohli change his mind.