Joe Root tells England to focus after Virat Kohli was dropped twice

Ben Stokes was exceptional with the ball in the first Test against India

The 20-year-old has been in prolific form this season in the County Championship, scoring 684 runs in eight matches - and lines up along Surrey team-mate Sam Curran, who was named man of the match in only his second Test after helping England secure a 31-run victory. On the bowling front, they will be tempted to play two spinners but if that happens, it will be interesting to see who gets left out. We should have all the answers soon.

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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.

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Root, frustratingly run out for 80 in England's first innings at Edgbaston, said it was important to put the side's batting struggles into perspective.

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

"With the surface as it is, having looked at it today, we're going to leave it another 24 hours and then make a decision in the morning".

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Showers are forecast for much of the day.

"And in the first innings, to create two half-chances and two clear chances was testament to how we've got good plans against him and found a way to potentially get him out".

In 2014, England were 1-0 down after two Test matches. However, given the conditions, it seems fairly likely that they will opt to go with a second spinner, with Kuldeep Yadav the man expected to play.

Therefore, Gambhir feels that this is India's best opportunity to win a Test in England and if they don't, it will be very hard to make a comeback in the series as it will get colder and conditions will change.

Whatever the makeup of the sides, after last week's frenetic series opener, the signs point to another thrilling clash here at Lord's. Those are both facts that they will be keen to turn around - whether they are able to remains an altogether different prospect.

Worst yet to come: David Gower looks dejected after losing the Lord's Test to India in 1986.

Stokes faces a court hearing in Bristol this week after he was charged with affray following an incident outside a nightclub last summer.

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