Kohli just wants India to cross the line

Surrey’s Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes replace Dawid Malan and Ben Stokes respectively

They have dropped Dawid Malan though and brought in young Ollie Pope.

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. With the bat, skipper Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and opener Keaton Jennings are doing good. He's obviously batted at (number) six for Surrey this season but having seen him play a little bit and you know the way his game is set up, I think it's very much transferable to bat at number four in test cricket.

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

"I think it's going to be an all-round wicket".

"I'm looking forward to him, more than anything, just going out there and being himself - and playing exactly as he has done throughout this summer".

All-rounder Chris Woakes have also been recalled to fill up the gap of Ben Stokes who will not be available for Lord's Test as it would clash with his trial in Bristol court for charges of affray.

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

"When the wicket wears off, the spinners can come into play as well".

With the weeks of blazing sunshine and unusually high temperatures London has enjoyed recently, the expectation of a fairly dry surface remains high - should that be the case then a twin-pronged spin attack, with the selection of Moeen, looks the most likely outcome. It has been very hot in London for the last couple of months. "It's a good grass cover on it and that's required basically to keep the wicket together, otherwise, it's going to be very hard for it to hold itself". He claimed 4 wickets in the 1st innings and hit a vital half-century in the second.

"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".

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.

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