Rain delays start of second Test between England and India 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

Furthermore, the 20-year-old Ollie Pope will make his debut at the iconic Lord's, as he replaced Dawid Malan, who was going through a lean patch.

Bowling coach Bharat Arun said in the press conference on Tuesday that playing an extra batsman would be a conservative move even though India's batting put up a miserable account of themselves at Edgbaston.

England: Joe Root (c), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Butter, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson. "So we'll turn up tomorrow, see if it looks any different, and then make that decision", he added. On the bowling front, they will be tempted to play two spinners but if that happens, it will be interesting to see who gets left out.

England have often been wary of picking young players but new national selector Ed Smith has overseen what Root termed some "bold decisions" since taking charge this season.

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"I think it's sometimes easy to criticise the batting group but I thought the way both seaming groups in particular bowled was outstanding".

"Ollie will come in and bat at four".

"We'll have to wait to see what the surface looks like tomorrow morning but ultimately on the last couple of occasions, whoever has played well in the first innings has managed to contain that threat through the rest of the game".

Pope only made his first-class debut in March past year and has been called into the squad on the back of a mere 15 matches, while he has never batted in the top five in County Championship cricket.

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In Pope they have a batsman who has been in superb form for County Championship leaders Surrey so far this season with 684 runs at a huge average of 85.50, including three centuries and a top score of 158 not out. Root said that dropped catches in Birmingham were a concern against a quality side like India.

"If you're good enough, you're old enough", said Root.

Root said that it will be important to manage Kohli at the crease, in terms of keeping him away from strike, like they did in the second innings previously.

"We really need to look at any change in strategy, depending on the wicket". "The challenge is there for us to adapt even better and we have our plans in place".

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