Look England seek to surpass India without Stokes at Lord’s

Malan out, Pope in for Lord’s Test

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Hosts England prevailed over India by 31 runs in a tight finish at the Edgbaston last week, taking a vital 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

"It's not like we're getting rolled over - every Test match that we're playing is competitive", he added.

Virat Kohli and his men though might now have to deal with the seam and swing of the English pacers, under overcast conditions. He also played in the first Test of the five-match series but looked completely out of sorts against the swinging ball. The tourists' record at the venue is not a flattering one as they have won only 2 out of the 17 Tests they have played there.

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"But we just want to make sure, be really clear, that going into the game we can be really confident we've got the best 11 players to take 20 wickets on that surface".

Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes has been named as Stokes' replacement, while Ollie Pope has been drafted in for the dropped Dawid Malan.

Uncapped Essex paceman Jamie Porter has been omitted from a 13-man squad, with England yet to decide whether Chris Woakes or spinner Moeen Ali will replace all-rounder Ben Stokes, who misses out due to his ongoing court case.

That was despite star batsman Kohli making exactly 200 runs in the game, including a superb first-innings 149 - his maiden Test century in England.

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.

That said, given the nature of the pitch at Lord's and England spin troubles, the visitors might play Kuldeep Yadav alongside Ashwin. "I feel as a team we're just about there". Root said that dropped catches in Birmingham were a concern against a quality side like India.

India too could make a top-order change with the experienced Cheteshwar Pujara waiting in the wings if struggling opener Shikhar Dhawan is omitted. The problem this visiting Indian team is facing is that they are heavily dependant on Kohli.

But he was wary of playing an extra batsman at Lord's.

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