India´s captain Virat Kohli attends a training session at Lord´s Cricket Ground in London on August 8, 2018, ahead of the second Test between England and India.
But Kohli, the newly crowned No 1 Test batsman in the world, knows that his team are one slip-up away from going 2-0 down with three to play - a deficit that has been overturned only once in Test history.
Kohli scored 149 in the first innings while the other batsmen could only score 107 runs combined.
Having lost the closely-contested first Test by a margin of 31 runs, skipper Virat Kohli indicated that his team could field two spinners to capitalise on the pitch when it is worn out while speaking at a press conference ahead of the second Test. He mentioned that the green top will help the fast-bowlers initially, but the spinners will gradually come into play. It's a tempting thought to field two spinners but we will have to take a call on that depending on the team balance.
New selector Ed Smith said upon the selections, "Dawid Malan drops out of the squad for Lord's".
'He's obviously batted at six for Surrey this season, ' said the England captain.
And Root spoke of the confidence England had derived from winning a game which, on the third afternoon, seemed destined to end in defeat before Sam Curran turned the tide with a counter-attacking 63 from 65 balls. Jonny Bairstow (70) and Keaton Jennings (42) did well in their first innings but the likes of Alastair Cook and Jos Buttler failed miserably in both the innings. If they feel the need to go for an extra spin-bowling option, Moeen Ali might get a look in.
It will be interesting to see who England will turn to in the absence of Stokes. With the ball, James Anderson did well in both the innings, while Sam Curran was the home team's star man in the 1st Test who did well with both bat and ball to help England to claim victory. He picked up five wickets and scored 97 runs to be decisive in the low-scoring contest at Birmingham.
Wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who initially impressed in the one-day series against England, and left-arm all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja are the most likely to be brought into the final XI.