Arjun Tendulkar bowls to Virat Kohli

Ben Stokes misses the second Test against India because of a court case

Ben Stokes misses the second Test against India because of a court case

Ahead of the second Test match in the five-match series against England, Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday hinted towards changes in the team's lineup in an attempt to plug the pretty gaping holes that were revealed during the Edgbaston Test.

Snow in Sunny's way: Sunil Gavaskar bumps into England fast bowler John Snow while taking a single in the 1971 Test match. Moeen Ali could get a chance in Stokes's absence. Stokes, who picked up four wickets during India's second innings, is trying to clear his name in court after being charged with affray following a brawl in September 2017, while Malan has been dropped due to poor performance. He has reached a 1,000 first class runs in just 15 matches and is the first division's stand-out batsman this season with 684 runs at 85.

After a close defeat in the first Test at Edgbaston, Team India will look to bounce back in style at Lord's and level the series with a victory. "But he's obviously an exciting talent and, with the guys around him, I think he fits nicely into that position in our team".

"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. The visitors' bowling unit impressed, picking 20 wickets for the fourth successive time on the road since the start of the year, but their batting, barring captain Kohli, was a big letdown. It is Test cricket and we are playing in England where it is anyway hard.

Earlier, Team India captain Virat Kohli had also stressed upon the fact when he was asked regarding the Indian batsmen.

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"Then we need some composure", he added.

Kohli, who is known for his aggression on the field, advised his batsmen against it at crucial junctures in the match. It's a tempting thought to field two spinners but we will have to take a call on that depending on the team balance. As far as wickets falling in a heap is concerned, it is not about technique, it is more of a mental aspect. It's about how you go about facing the first 20, 25, 30 balls.

'He's a fine player, and it shows when you give the best players opportunities they don't need many more, ' said Root ahead of Thursday's second Test at Lord's.

"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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