ENG vs IND 2nd Test: England’s predicted playing 11 at Lord’s

Ben Stokes misses the second Test against India because of a court case

Ben Stokes misses the second Test against India because of a court case

The Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes returns to the squad in place of Durham's Ben Stokes, who faces a court hearing this coming week in Bristol.

Having lost the closely-contested first Test by a margin of 31 runs, Kohli indicated that his team could field two spinners to capitalise on the pitch when it is worn out while speaking at a press conference ahead of the second Test. Chris Woakes will be aware of the weight of expectations on his shoulders.

The India v/s England 2nd Test match will take place from August 9 to August 13.

England, on the other hand, have handed 20-year-old batsman Ollie Pope a Test debut.

India were dismissed for under 300 in their first innings at Edgbaston and then failed to chase down a target of 194 second time around, being bowled out for 162 after Kohli made 51.

"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".

In 2014, England were 1-0 down after two Test matches. Batsman bat well they can get runs, seamers are going to be in play with the Dukes ball in overcast conditions and when the wicket wears off, the spinners can come into play.

R Ashwin's performances (7 for 121) at Edgbaston may have tempted India to play an extra spinner in Kuldeep Yadav or Ravindra Jadeja but the team management is expected to take a call based on the weather.

A video of England cricket fans chanting and clapping in front of India's team bus have gone viral on the internet in which, the English supporters can be heard saying, "where's your Virat Kohli gone, we have James Anderson..."

'One of the most exciting things about last week is that we weren't at our best, ' said Root.

Yet this season has seen Pope make 684 runs for Championship leaders Surrey at an average of 85.5, including three centuries.

We feel Shikhar Dhawan too could make way for C Pujara, who was surprisingly left out in the first Test. A lot has been spoken about the need for Kohli to trust his batsmen but history suggests the Indian captain may not be averse to chopping and changing once again.

Therefore, Gambhir feels that this is India's best opportunity to win a Test in England and if they don't, it will be very hard to make a comeback in the series as it will get colder and conditions will change.

But Arun said Jasprit Bumrah was "out of contention", the paceman still sidelined after missing the first Test with the broken thumb he suffered during a T20 worldwide against Ireland in June.

Kohli & Root- The two skippers are going to be the most important batsmen and even in fantasy cricket, they need to fit in all teams.

"I would consider that as a conservative move", Arun added. His form in the first Test proves him to be vital in the playing XI.

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