With the Anderson-Jadeja row spicing up the contest, the Lord’s pitch is expected to be lively, unlike the ‘lifeless’ Nottingham wicket in the first game of the five-match series. The first match ended in a drab draw.

A date for hearing has not been finalised as yet which means Anderson is sure to play and the incident is bound to have a bearing when the two teams square up.
     
ICC has charged paceman Anderson for pushing and abusing Jadeja during the lunch break on the second day of first Test.

If found guilty, Anderson could miss at least two and up to four Test matches, or up to 8 ODIs – something that the hosts will not desire under any circumstances.
     
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has retaliated with a report against Jadeja as well.

As much as the English team management will be lobbying hard for the leader of their attack, they will also be keeping an eye on the pitch for the game.
     
Two days ahead of the match, the centre-wicket at Lord’s bore a distinctive green tinge. Much of it is expected to disappear by time of the toss on the first morning. Even so, it is possible that the wicket will retain some juice in it, thanks to this delayed shaving.
     
It will be joyous news for the quicker bowlers on both sides then, a sort of reward for the hard work they put in during the Nottingham game.
     
At the same time, such a scenario will also be in keeping with how Tests at Lord’s have panned out in recent times.

The average first-innings’ score at this ground historically is 315 runs but from 2010 until 2014, it has gone up to 403.

The fact that this is the only ground that hosts two Tests in an English summer helps of course.

(JPN/Agencies)

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