England went 1-0 up in the five test series with a thrilling narrow victory in the first test
The second test begins in London on Thursday. Both sides betrayed frailties in the first test. England have a brittle batting order that particularly struggles against spin. India picked one spinner Ashwin who recorded figures of 47-11-121-7 in the match. India struggle against swing bowling and were it not for Kohli being dropped early in his first innings would have lost more comprehensively
For England Stokes will miss this match due to his court case and this is a big loss, as it was his swing bowling that contributed vital wickets in both innings There may also be a change in the top 4 where Malan has one 50 in ten test innings and there is a need to introduce a right hander into the side to counter Ashwin, possibly Joe Clarke or Ollie Pope both talented young batsmen. They also need to improve their slip fielding, with dropped catches giving India chances to stay in the match
India must go into the match with two spinners and need to work out techniques to withstand Anderson, Broad and company with the bat. Kohli scored 200 runs in the match and he is not going to succeed on every occasion
With the weather set fair and the pitch/outfield likely to be draw again this will be an important toss to win and bat first, put a score on the bowl and look to bowl last on a deteriorating pitch.
With both sides flawed and evenly matched this is going to be a close series and India at 3/1 have to be the value to level the series on a ground where England sometimes struggle