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09 August 2018, 02:56 | Charlene Valdez
Ben Stokes misses the second Test against India because of a court case
Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes has been named as Stokes' replacement, while Ollie Pope has been drafted in for the dropped Dawid Malan. Woakes has played just two Test matches this year, picking up 4 wickets which came against Pakistan at Leeds.
Dhoni's double role: In the absence of pacer Zaheer Khan, who suffered a hamstring strain after bowling 13.3 overs on Day One of the first Test on July 21, 2011, India skipper at the time, Mahendra Singh Dhoni pulled off his big gloves and took the ball soon after lunch on Day Two.
'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'.
England will take on India in the second Test at Lord's tomorrow.
Neither side made 300 in the match, England posting 287 before India replied with 274 in the first innings.
"The weather conditions and Lord's wicket, which is generally dry and of what we saw in one-day cricket from Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, I think this is India's best opportunity to win because after this, the weather will cool down as September approaches".
But in the upcoming match, England would like to improve in a few areas along with the catching in the slips to pressurise the Indian batsmen. On the bowling front, they will be tempted to play two spinners but if that happens, it will be interesting to see who gets left out.
"Ollie Pope will bat at four", said Root.
We witnessed an absolute cracker at Edgbaston in the opening Test with India just falling short of the target. 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.
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 Twenty20 global against Ireland in June.
As for India needing more runs from their batsmen, Arun said: "If you look at the [Edgbaston] scores, it's only Virat Kohli and Joe Root who have been able to contend with the moving ball. The challenge is there for us to adapt even better and we have our plans in place". His form in the first Test proves him to be vital in the playing XI.
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