Joe Root tells England to focus after Virat Kohli was dropped twice

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

They have dropped Dawid Malan though and brought in young Ollie Pope.

Having lost the closely-contested first Test by a margin of 31 runs, skipper Virat Kohli indicated that his team could field two spinners to capitalise on the pitch when it is worn out while speaking at a press conference ahead of the second Test. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow had a good outing and surprisingly, Sam Curran came up with a vital cameo to guide England to a challenging total.

"I know that might be seen as quite a big jump".

Kohli added: "I definitely leave no stone unturned when it comes to getting in there, talking to the guys wherever I can from the strategy point of view as well".

"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".

All-rounder Ben Stokes, who played an influential role in the Edgbaston win, is not a part of the Lord's Test and Jos Buttler said it is going to be a "massive miss".

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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. That said, given the nature of the pitch at Lord's and England spin troubles, the visitors might play Kuldeep Yadav alongside Ashwin.

Here is the video where you spot Arjun running into bowl to Kohli in the nets at the Merchant Taylor school ground, where Arjun plays his cricket in the UK. It has been very hot in London for the last couple of months.

The brief glimpse given of the hallowed 22-yards of turf, that will go such a long way to deciding the outcome of this Test, showed a very green looking surface, although much of that grass, now holding the pitch together, will be shaved off before play starts on Thursday.

Kohli, whose magnificent first-innings century and second-innings rearguard could not save his side from defeat at Edgbaston, also had some mixed advice for England's newest recruit, Pope. "I am happy for him - as a cricketer I understand how important it is". If I hadn't got the runs and we had won, I would have got a totally different feeling.

"Ben Stokes is unavailable, but Chris Woakes, with some extra matches and practices under his belt, can now return to the England squad after injury", Smith concluded.

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