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Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

India vs England, Lord's Test

India vs England, Lord's Test

Stokes played a starring role in England's 31-run win in the first Test of the five-match series at Edgbaston last week, including taking the wicket of India captain Virat Kohli, who had been anchoring the tourists' run-chase.

Keeping up with tradition, the second Specsavers' India-England Test match will begin on the Lord's cricket ground today, with a customary ringing of the "Lord's Bell".

James Anderson (90) is six scalps away from becoming the all-time leading wicket-taker in Tests between England and India (Bhagwath Chandrasekhar, 95); he also needs six dismissals to become the first bowler to take 100 Test wickets at Lord's, he'd be only the second player to claim that many at a single venue (Muralitharan at three different grounds). Hindustan Times delivers the news across all social media platforms, on the web, and at your doorstep. "But he's obviously an exciting talent and, with the guys around him, I think he fits nicely into that position in our team".

Captain Root confirmed in Wednesday's media interaction that 20-year-old Ollie Pope will be handed his maiden Test cap tomorrow.

Chris Woakes | Brought in to replace Ben Stokes, who is facing trial in Bristol, all-rounder Chris Woakes has big shoes to fill.

But Arun said Jasprit Bumrah was "out of contention", the paceman still sidelined after missing the first Test with the broken thumb he suffered during a T20 worldwide against Ireland in June.

In 17 Tests since Root became captain in July 2017, England have managed just nine hundreds between them and, even more concerningly for their fans, have been dismissed for under 300 in their first innings seven times and for under 250 in the second innings nine times.

"As long as we cross the line, that is the only thing that matters", Kohli insisted.

Meanwhile England have revealed that new boy Ollie Pope will bat at No.4 on his debut. If they feel the need to go for an extra spin-bowling option, Moeen Ali might get a look in.

"I know that might be seen as quite a big jump". "He's very mature for a young man", said Root. He also mentioned that the second spinner could come into contention.

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