Fantasy Cricket: Dream11 tips for 2nd Test-- England v India

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

After an intriguing battle at Edgbaston last week, the convoy now moves to the Lord's Cricket Ground for the second of the five-match Test series between India and England.

"That's a sign of some strong characters in our dressing room".

England will be without Ben Stokes while India could make changes too for the second Test starting here at Lord's on Thursday.

Neither side made 300 in the match, England posting 287 before India replied with 274 in the first innings. That might play a big factor. "So we have to start well and try to stay on top if we can", he said.

There was a lot of talk about the inclusion of seamer Jamie Porter ahead of the first Test but Captain Root preferred Sam Curran and the player delivered a Man-of-the-Match performance. The batsmen need to come good.

"When the wicket wears off, the spinners can come into play as well", Kohli said. "So we'll turn up tomorrow, see if it looks any different, and then make that decision", he added.

That said, given the nature of the pitch at Lord's and England spin troubles, the visitors might play Kuldeep Yadav alongside Ashwin. The guys have thought quite clearly about how to try and get each individual out, and practise accordingly, and that's all you can ask from your team.

"It is purely because we haven't won the games".

Pope comes in place of dropped Dawid Malan, which means England will have a new slip cordon in place. "He's very mature for a young man", said Root.

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.

Given India's struggles with the bat at Edgbaston, there is also a fairly strong feeling that they might opt to bring in Cheteshwar Pujara to strengthen their lineup replacing Shikhar Dhawan or perhaps even Hardik Pandya - a suggestion given more credence by the long net session that Pujara has undergone both on Tuesday and Wednesday. "It obviously can get better".

"I'm looking forward to him, more than anything, just going out there and being himself - and playing exactly as he has done throughout this summer". I am happy for him, as a cricketer, I understand how important it is.

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

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