Playing two spinners at Lord's tempting, says Virat Kohli

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

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Gautam Gambhir feels that the second Test of the five-match series between England and India at Lord's could make or break India's fortunes in the series. Under sunny skies, regularly interrupted by large banks of innocuous high-flying clouds, both sides go through their final practices - as groundstaff get on with all the last-minute jobs that are required to ready the sport's most famous colosseum for match day. Welcome to the live blog for what promises to be another intriguing Test match.

The England captain said that Pope will come in as a direct replacement for Dawid Malan, with Jonny Bairstow staying at No 5 and Jos Buttler moving up one place to No 6. "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.

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"It's a tempting thought to field two spinners, then again we will have to take a call on that depending on the team balance, but it's definitely in contention". For England, Ollie Pope will be making his debut with Moeen Ali possibly playing alongside Adil Rashid in the spin department. "It's a good grass cover on it and that's required basically to keep the wicket together, otherwise, it's going to be very hard for it to hold itself".

Asked about the prospect of playing two spinners, he said: "Walking in here, the pitch looked really hard, it's obviously dry".

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India U-19 team member and rising left-arm pacer Arjun Tendulkar was seen bowling to skipper Virat Kohli in the nets ahead of the second Test against England at the Lord's Cricket Ground. However, given the conditions, it seems fairly likely that they will opt to go with a second spinner, with Kuldeep Yadav the man expected to play. Captain Kohli was the only one who stood up to the English pace attack in the first Test, scoring a century and a half-century.

In this summer's opening scene, when England won the knife-edge match at Edgbaston, India's batting was a one-man show.

Ben Stokes, who picked six wickets in the first Test, is trying to clear his name in court after being charged with affray following a brawl in September 2017.

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India have not won a Test series in England since 2007.

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