After losing the first Test by 31 runs, India will look to settle scores in the second Test match and all eyes were on skipper Virat Kohli prior to the start of the match.
In 17 Tests since Root became captain in July 2017, England have managed just nine hundreds between them and, even more concerningly for their fans, have been dismissed for under 300 in their first innings seven times and for under 250 in the second innings nine times.
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In order to win the second Test, the batsmen - Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Vijay, Dinesh Karthik - need to click in unison because the bowlers are doing their job handsomely. "He and AB de Villiers have got the best techniques, and AB de Villiers is not playing Test cricket so that makes him (Kohli) the stand-out player", Waugh added. "Dawid has not found his best rhythm this season, and it may be that his game is better suited to overseas conditions", Smith added.
The conditions have prompted the Indian camp to rethink their bowling strategy and find a combination to go with.
Dirty business: Mike Atherton was the first cricketer to be caught tampering with the ball when he rubbed dirt on it during a Test match against South Africa at Lord's in 1994.
Two spinners or one spinner? The weather forecast over the next five days might have played its part in the decision making from both the teams as they only one specialist spinner will take the field at Lord's. London had experienced heat waves and thus dry wickets were expected at Lord's.
England have outstretched the selection for this week's match at Lord's against India to 20 year old Surrey batsman Ollie Pope, axing the struggling Dawid Malan.
Also, they have dropped Dawid Malan and Ollie Pope could find a place in the 11. If they feel the need to go for an extra spin-bowling option, Moeen Ali might get a look in. 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.
Ben Stokes, who picked six wickets in the first Test, is trying to clear his name in court after being charged with affray following a brawl in September 2017.