England's bowler Stuart Broad, center, reacts as Indian cricketers Murali Vijay right, and Gautam Gambhir take a run during the second day of the first test cricket match between India and England in Rajkot, India, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (AP)
VISAKHAPATNAM, India, Nov 17: India won the toss on Thursday and opted to bat in the second test against England.
The hosts have made two changes to their line-up. Fit-again opener K.L. Rahul comes into the eleven ahead of Gautam Gambhir. Off-spinner Jayant Yadav was handed his test debut, replacing leg-spinner Amit Mishra.
England too made a change. James Anderson was declared fit and took the place of Chris Woakes, who has had a high workload over recent series.
India continued its strategy of playing five bowlers, with Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav retained ahead of the more-experienced Ishant Sharma. The visitors too retained six bowling options.
The pitch bore a dry look, devoid of any grass, and should assist spinners than in the drawn first test.