Virat Kohli questions mentality of Indian top order

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'Dawid Malan drops out of the squad for Lord's.

Joe Root has confirmed that the 20-year-old debutant Ollie Pope will bat at No 4 in the second Test against India at Lord's today. "I would just say to the fans to support the whole team because we all are giving our best efforts and we all want to win together".

With Pope being a right-handed batsman, England's top six will now only include two left-handed batters - who struggled against the spin of Ravichandran Ashwin - in openers Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings.

Essex's Jamie Porter, named in the squad for each of the first two Tests, has been released once again.


All-rounder Ben Stokes, who impressed with the bowl in 1st Test, has been replaced by Chris Woakes.

Ahead of the Lord's Test, there are plenty of questions facing the Indian team which revolves around team selection.

Playing an extra batsman in the second Test against England will be a "conservative move" with the Lord's pitch looking more bowler-friendly than Edgbaston, feels India bowling coach Bharat Arun. It is expected that the groundsmen will shave a few bits before the start of the match but even if they don't, the pitch is likely to turn out quite dry. It has been very hot in London for the last couple of months. "There was huge improvement from the first innings to the second and that was extremely welcome", he said.

"There is good grass cover, (but) that is required basically to keep the wicket together - otherwise it would be very hard to hold it together".


"It is going to be a big occasion for him", said the world's number-one batsman.

Apart from this decision, England's bowling line-up looks set with James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Sam Curran and Adil Rashid.

"Apart from that, I don't think there's too much to think because when people see from outside, they think it's really bad but cricket and especially Test cricket is a marginal game and in England conditions, which is anyway tough".


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