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Virat Kohli believe India are close to beating England

Virat Kohli believe India are close to beating England

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

'He has reached a 1000 first class runs in just 15 matches and is the first division's stand-out batsman this season with 684 runs at 85.

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. "We need a little bit more composure there and that, as a batting unit, we have discussed".

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

"I feel as a team we're just about there".

However, much of the focus will be on Pope who has been talked up as an England prospect after coming through the Lions setup.

Despite his young age, Root is excited about seeing how the Surrey batsman copes on the top stage of world cricket.

"He's played some very important knocks under pressure for Surrey, and he's got a very good all-round game".




All-rounder Ben Stokes, who impressed with the bowl in 1st Test, has been replaced by Chris Woakes.

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

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

All the best story-lines have been used before, or so they say, but the one for this England v India five-Test series has been used only once - when the central figure was even more arresting, and even more dominant in his sport, than India's captain Virat Kohli. It's been quite hot in London for the past couple of months.

"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".

Captain Kohli led from the front and crafted a brilliant 149 in the first innings.

England squad for second Test: Cook, Jennings, Root, Pope, Bairstow, Buttler, Woakes, Moeen Ali, S Curran, Rashid, Broad, Anderson. India cricket team probably wanted Arjun to bowl to them as they had problems countering Sam Curran in the Edgbaston Test that they lost by 31 runs.