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It's always a special occasion for these players to play at Lord's and the last time India played a Test match, they went onto win it.

India came up with a decent performance in Edgbaston but it was not enough to stop Joe Root's men from taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

If only another member of India's much-vaunted top-order had made a sizeable contribution, the result may well have been different.

Asked about the prospect of playing two spinners, he said: "Walking in here, the pitch looked really hard, it's obviously dry".

We witnessed an absolute cracker at Edgbaston in the opening Test with India just falling short of the target.

"It is purely because we haven't won the games. Being in the right mindset is a very individual thing and as captain you can only have meetings and chats which we do on a regular basis", he said.

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"It is unfortunate we haven't been able to cross the (winning) line after coming so close, that is the only thing we are looking to, how we cross the line".

They also have the option of playing a second-spinner, be it orthodox left-armer Ravindra Jadeja or left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, with all-rounder Hardik Pandya the man most likely to miss out if either slow bowler is selected. The Indian batting needs to step up for that to happen as no player except Kohli looked comfortable enough to survive for long enough in the Birmingham Test. "We need a little bit more composure there and that, as a batting unit, we have discussed". The tourists' record at the venue is not a flattering one as they have won only 2 out of the 17 Tests they have played there.

Meanwhile England have revealed that new boy Ollie Pope will bat at No.4 on his debut.

Captain Root confirmed in Wednesday's media interaction that 20-year-old Ollie Pope will be handed his maiden Test cap tomorrow.

"I know that might be seen as quite a big jump".

As stated before, there will be clouds hanging over the Lord's Cricket Ground over the next few days as the temperatures have dropped following the heat wave that swept the city earlier this week. Can he deliver on the big stage? I am happy for him, as a cricketer, I understand how important it is.

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