2nd Test: India Win Toss & Bat; Axar, Kuldeep, Siraj Get the Nod

India have made three changes to their playing XI and handed a debut to Axar Patel.

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Javagal Srinath with Joe Root and Virat Kohli at the toss in the second Test.
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India captain Virat Kohli has won the toss in the second Test against England in Chennai and opted to bat first.

India have made three changes to their playing XI and handed a debut to Axar Patel. Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav also gets a look in and senior pacer Jasprit Bumrah has been rested and Mohammed Siraj will partner Ishant Sharma.

India team sheet for the 2nd Test in Chennai.
India team sheet for the 2nd Test in Chennai.
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Washington Sundar and Shahbaz Nadeem are the other two players that India have left out for the second Test.

“It's a good wicket. Day 1 is going to be good for batting. We expect it to slow down from Day 2 onwards. There is a reason why we played the combination in the last game. Washi misses out, Axar makes his debut. Bumrah has been rested. Siraj comes in for him. You shouldn't be shocked if you get defeated at home. It's all comes down to mindset, everyone wants to win everywhere. It's exciting to be a part of it,” Kohli said at the toss.

From their 12-man squad, England have left out Chris Woakes and picked Olly Stone.

“We would have batted first as well. We gotta try and take early wickets. Hopefully, we can make some inroads this morning. With Jimmy, he needs to get as much time off as possible. We played big first innings runs, it will be a different challenge here. We have done the hard work. Chris Woakes is the one to miss out,” Root said at the toss.

England: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Daniel Lawrence, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes(w), Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Olly Stone

India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj

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