India vs England, Lord's Test

Surrey’s Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes replace Dawid Malan and Ben Stokes respectively

Surrey’s Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes replace Dawid Malan and Ben Stokes respectively

Will Cheteshwar Pujara be benched again?

We should have all the answers soon.

Meanwhile, after a poor show in the opening Test match against England, the Indian batsmen would like to rectify their mistakes and apply themselves diligently when India will face the hosts in the second match of the five-match series, starting on Thursday.

However, much of the focus will be on Pope who has been talked up as an England prospect after coming through the Lions setup.

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Pope, who is just 20, will slot in at number four for England, as a direct replacement for Dawid Malan, despite not batting there for his county Surrey - a decision that has anxious some, but not Root. "I know that might be seen as quite a big jump, he's obviously an exciting new talent and with the guys around him, I think he fits nicely into that position in our team", Root said. "For India I feel this is the most important Test". He will be a huge miss indeed so England will have to take that call to replace him either with Chris Woakes or Moeen Ali.

How the pitch looks on Thursday morning will surely go a long way to informing that decision - on Wednesday afternoon however its appearance mostly remained a mystery, covered first by a white sheet and then by the hover cover, as part of the groundsman's final preparations.

"There is good grass cover, (but) that is required basically to keep the wicket together - otherwise it would be very hard to hold it together".

Kohli added: "From the outside it looks very bad".

"The weather conditions and Lord's wicket, which is generally dry and of what we saw in one-day cricket from Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, I think this is India's best opportunity to win because after this, the weather will cool down as September approaches". They have dropped Dawid Malan though and brought in young Ollie Pope.

Whatever the makeup of the sides, after last week's frenetic series opener, the signs point to another thrilling clash here at Lord's. It's always a special occasion for these players to play at Lord's and the last time India played a Test match, they went onto win it.

Ben Stokes is attending the affray trial for his involvement in Bristol brawl past year.

As stated before, there will be clouds hanging over the Lord's Cricket Ground over the next few days as the temperatures have dropped following the heat wave that swept the city earlier this week.

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