India Aim To Bounce Back Against England

Ollie Pope has been in tremendous form scoring 684 runs in Division One of the County Championship at 85.50

That was despite star batsman Kohli making exactly 200 runs in the game, including a superb first-innings 149 - his maiden Test century in England.

In both the innings of the first Test which India lost by 31 runs, all the batsmen, apart from skipper Virat Kohli failed. No other batters supported Kohli, who at the other hand fought valiantly. "As far as wickets falling in heap is concerned, it is not about technique, it is more of a mental aspect", Kohli said at the pre-match press conference.

With Jasprit Bumrah ruled out, India are expected to retain the pace trio of Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammed Shami.

Despite that the team management could make a few changes, bringing in a second spinner to add more firepower, depending on the nature of the wicket at Lord's.

Therefore, Gambhir feels that this is India's best opportunity to win a Test in England and if they don't, it will be very hard to make a comeback in the series as it will get colder and conditions will change.

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

England have outstretched the selection for this week's match at Lord's against India to 20 year old Surrey batsman Ollie Pope, axing the struggling Dawid Malan.

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England would also like to see an improved batting performance.

Joe Root made 80 in the first innings and looked slightly more comfortable against Ashwin in comparison to his teammates.

England captain Joe Root explained the decision to have Pope bat at four, despite the Surrey batsman having batted at six in all his 15 first-class matches for his county, saying: "Ollie will come in and bat at four". If they feel the need to go for an extra spin-bowling option, Moeen Ali might get a look in.

Meanwhile, England announced their 13-man squad for the second Test, in which they have dropped Dawid Malan and Ben Stokes, who is not available for the Test because of the ongoing hearing in Bristol nightclub brawl case.

Essex's Jamie Porter, named in the squad for each of the first two Tests, has been released once again. He picked up five wickets and scored 97 runs to be decisive in the low-scoring contest at Birmingham.

Wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who enjoyed an impressive run in the one-day series last month, and experienced allrounder Ravindra Jadeja are in contention for a spot in the final line-up.

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