India's defeat in the first Test against England at Birmingham exposed their weakness against swing bowlers. Barring skipper Virat Kohli, no other batter had any answer in conditions which were perfectly exploited by the English bowlers. But in particular, the Indian openers found the going tough against one particular seamer - Sam Curran.
The 20-year-old wrecked havoc in India's first innings, removing Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul in quick succession. The top three of Indian found it tough against the left-arm fast bowler.
Now, in order to tackle his threat, the Indian team management decided to use the services of Arjun Tendulkar, son of former Indian great Sachin Tendulkar. Arjun, 18, bowls left-arm pace, and was seen in the nets bowling to Kohli ahead of the second Test at Lord's.
Ahead of the Test at Lord's, India were handed a major team blow, as Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the second Test. Bumrah, who suffered an injury in the T20I series against Ireland, has already missed the complete limited-overs leg and the first Test. It was expected that the bowler may make a comeback in the second Test. But all those hopes have been quashed away, with Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun revealing he isn't fit enough.
The hosts announced their playing XI on the eve of the second Test. Young middle-order batsman Ollie Pope was confirmed to make his debut. He replaces Dawid Malan, who was dropped following his poor display in the first Test, both with the bat and in the field. But the team management are yet to decide who will replace Ben Stokes. The all-rounder was dropped from the squad given he was scheduled a hearing in court this week.
If the conditions suit spinners, England may recall Moeen Ali into the playing XI. But should there be any assistance for fast bowlers, Stokes' replacement in the squad, Chris Woakes will come in.
England squad: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (c), Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, James Porter