Arjun Tendulkar bowls to Virat Kohli

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.

Bharat Arun has expressed happiness with the performance of India's bowlers in the first Test against England, while refusing to comment on the possibility of fielding two spinners in the second Test at Lord's. No other batters supported Kohli, who at the other hand fought valiantly. Kohli scored 149 and 51, whereas the next highest innings for India was 31, and England's teamwork under Joe Root won the day.

This current stint with the Indian team makes sense as in Edgbaston, Sam Curran the 20-year-old all-rounder rocked the top order in the first innings and picked up crucial wickets even in the second dig.

A couple of days before the second Test, there was a healthy amount of grass on the pitch at Lord's. When the wicket wears off spinners can 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.

Stokes faces a court hearing in Bristol this week after he was charged with affray following an incident outside a nightclub last summer. In the English squad, Dawid Malan has been axed giving way for young batsman Ollie Pope. In the first innings, he was more looking at bowling to one line.

It will be interesting to see who England will turn to in the absence of Stokes.

England squad for second Test: Cook, Jennings, Root, Pope, Bairstow, Buttler, Woakes, Moeen Ali, S Curran, Rashid, Broad, Anderson. A lot has been spoken about the need for Kohli to trust his batsmen but history suggests the Indian captain may not be averse to chopping and changing once again.

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.

Vanessa Coleman

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