India vs England, Lord's Test

After the best Test match in England for years, despite the rush to castigation on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, it's just our luck that the start of the second instalment will be delayed as this golden summer heat ends and Lord's reverts to its customary conditions when India visit.

But Stokes was omitted by England because he is in court this week on a criminal charge of affray.

Kohli scored 149 in the first innings while the other batsmen could only score 107 runs combined.

Virat Kohli and his men though might now have to deal with the seam and swing of the English pacers, under overcast conditions. So we'll turn up tomorrow, see if it looks any different, and then make that decision, he added.

Neither team have named their final XI, although 20-year-old batsman Ollie Pope will make his England debut.

"Ollie will come in and bat at four".

Ishant Sharma has taken 4+ wickets in three of his last four Test innings in England; including his five-wicket haul at Edgbaston in England's second innings.

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"From outside it looks very bad, especially as it is Test cricket and we are playing in England where it is anyway hard".

"I know that might be seen as quite a big jump". "It is not like I feel bad that I got runs and we couldn't get across the line", he said.

India captain Virat Kohli has no qualms over who stars for his side so long as they win. He has reached a 1000 first-class runs in just 15 matches and is the first division's stand-out batsman this season with 684 runs at 85. Joe Root and his men would start confident thanks to their win in the first Test.

Team India: Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav.

Well, bowling coach Bharat Arun hinted the visitors may not opt for an extra batsman and called it a "conservative move".

Kohli's knocks in the first Test were not faultless though, he was dropped twice on his way to his century and edged and played-and-missed numerous times across both innings and Hussain believes his natural attacking instincts mean there will always be that element of risk to his game. "The challenge is there for us to adapt even better and we have our plans in place".

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