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

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India went down to England in the first Test match of series at Edgbaston by 31 runs.

"He and AB de Villiers have got the best techniques, and AB de Villiers is not playing Test cricket so that makes him (Kohli) the stand-out player".

Virat Kohli and his men though might now have to deal with the seam and swing of the English pacers, under overcast conditions.

The second Test of the five-match series begins on August 9th at Lord's. 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. Will they play a second-spinner or will Cheteshwar Pujara find a place back in the team?

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Another big decision the Indian think tank has to make is whether or not to play two spinners. He will replace Dawid Malan, who was poor with both the bat and at the slips in the first Test.

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.

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It will be interesting to see who England will turn to in the absence of Stokes. "With the surface as it is, having looked at it today, we're going to leave it another 24 hours and then make a decision in the morning".

England had dropped Virat Kohli thrice before he went on to score 149 in the first innings.

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah. "Depending on the team balance but yeah, I think it's definitely in contention", he added.

On the other end of the scenario, young Ollie Pope made his first class debut in previous year March and has been running a sensational form for Surrey since then, averaging 85 in the County Championship.

The India captain, Kohli scored 200 out of the 436 runs that India amassed during the match, and they had lost half their side by 100 in both innings.

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

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