Captain Root confirmed in Wednesday's media interaction that 20-year-old Ollie Pope will be handed his maiden Test cap tomorrow. We should have all the answers soon.
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However, much of the focus will be on Pope who has been talked up as an England prospect after coming through the Lions setup.
"This Test is the most important match in the series". The match can be seen live on the Sony Six network and live streaming will be available on SonyLIV.com. "We should not judge so fast, and jump to conclusions As a team, we keep patience".
"It's been very hot in London for the last couple of months, there is good grass cover on it and that's required to keep the wicket together, otherwise it's going to be very hard for it to hold itself, even in the first two days". "The pitch looked very hard, the surface very dry".
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Will Shikhar Dhawan get another chance or it is comeback time for Cheteshwar Pujara? However, given the conditions, it seems fairly likely that they will opt to go with a second spinner, with Kuldeep Yadav the man expected to play. He will replace Dawid Malan, who was poor with both the bat and at the slips in the first Test.
Whatever the makeup of the sides, after last week's frenetic series opener, the signs point to another thrilling clash here at Lord's.
Root also pointed to the fact that England starved Kohli of the strike on the fourth day, which India began needing just 84 runs for victory with five wickets in hand.
In this summer's opening scene, when England won the knife-edge match at Edgbaston, India's batting was a one-man show.
It will also be interesting to see the effect that the absence of Ben Stokes has on England, not just being shorn of his talismanic talents on the field but also the much less easy to quantify psychological damage that the revelations from Bristol Crown Court might wreak as well.
"From outside it looks very bad, especially as it is Test cricket and we are playing in England where it is anyway hard".