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

Ben Stokes misses the second Test against India because of a court case

Batsman bat well they can get runs, seamers are going to be in play with the Dukes ball in overcast conditions and when the wicket wears off, the spinners can come into play.

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England lead the five-match series 1-0 after a thrilling 31-run win at Edgbaston.

Given India's struggles with the bat at Edgbaston, there is also a fairly strong feeling that they might opt to bring in Cheteshwar Pujara to strengthen their lineup replacing Shikhar Dhawan or perhaps even Hardik Pandya - a suggestion given more credence by the long net session that Pujara has undergone both on Tuesday and Wednesday. They lost the next three to let the series slip away from their grasp but that's for another day.

'In the first innings, to create two half-chances and two clear chances was testament to how we've got good plans against him and found a way to potentially get him out. Chasing a target of 194 runs to win, India were bundled out for mere 162 runs.

Ravi Ashwin celebrates after bowling Alastair Cook during day one of the First Test Match between England and India at Edgbaston. In Indian side, except skipper Virat Kohli, top order is the issue of concern. A lot has been spoken about the need for Kohli to trust his batsmen but history suggests the Indian captain may not be averse to chopping and changing once again. Kohli was in prolific form and will be key batsman for visitors in the 2nd Test as well.

"It's a tempting thought to field two spinners but we will have to take a call on that depending on the team balance".

Kohli, who is known for his aggression on the field, advised his batsmen against it at crucial junctures in the match. They may go in for a like-for-like replacement with the inclusion of pace-bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes, who has recovered from an injury.

"But when it comes to the wickets falling quickly, it more of a mental aspect than technical - like how you think about a situation after wicket falls". It's about how you go about facing the first 20, 25, 30 balls.

"He's obviously batted at six for Surrey this season - but having seen him play a little bit, and the way his game is set up, I think it's very much transferable to bat at No 4 in Test cricket".

Pope only made his first-class debut in March past year and has been called into the Test 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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