Virat Kohli has the best technique in world cricket, says Steve Waugh

England will be without Ben Stokes while India could make changes too for the second Test starting here at Lord's on Thursday.

Stokes faces a court hearing in Bristol this week after he was charged with affray following an incident outside a nightclub last summer.

"It is not like I feel bad that I got runs and we couldn't get across the line", added Kohli, now the world's top-ranked batsman in both Test and one-day global cricket.

India: Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.

"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", Smith concluded. Root said that dropped catches in Birmingham were a concern against a quality side like India.

As far as the play on the first day is concerned, it is likely to be washed out.

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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India captain Virat Kohli has no qualms over who stars for his side so long as they win.

"I think it's sometimes easy to criticise the batting group but I thought the way both seaming groups in particular bowled was outstanding".

James Anderson (90) is six scalps away from becoming the all-time leading wicket-taker in Tests between England and India (Bhagwath Chandrasekhar, 95); he also needs six dismissals to become the first bowler to take 100 Test wickets at Lord's, he'd be only the second player to claim that many at a single venue (Muralitharan at three different grounds).

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.

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".

'But it's about backing it up now, looking for consistency in back-to-back games, and this is an opportunity to do that'.

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