Stokes played a starring role in England's 31-run win in the first Test of a five-match series at Edgbaston last week, including taking the wicket of India captain Virat Kohli, who had been anchoring the tourists' run-chase.
Captain Root confirmed in Wednesday's media interaction that 20-year-old Ollie Pope will be handed his maiden Test cap tomorrow. Who replaces Ben Stokes who is undergoing a trial for brawl in Bristol past year remains to be seen.
With the rain never stopping long enough for the toss to take place, both England and India have still to name their starting XI. Joe Root and his men would start confident thanks to their win in the first Test.
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Apart from this decision, England's bowling line-up looks set with James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Sam Curran and Adil Rashid.
But Arun said Jasprit Bumrah was "out of contention", the paceman still sidelined after missing the first Test with the broken thumb he suffered during a T20 global against Ireland in June.
Thursday was the first time a full day's play has been lost at Lord's since the opening day of the first test against Pakistan in 2001. The man he is replacing was devastating with the ball in the first Test, grabbing two wickets in the first innings before picking up a 4-for in the second. Kohli was in prolific form and will be key batsman for visitors in the 2nd Test as well.
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Two fallible sides provoked apoplexy among their supporters at times during the first three days at Edgbaston. But even if they don't, the general expectation is that the pitch would turn out to be quite dry.
"It's a good choice, a tough one too", Bharat Arun, India's bowling coach, told reporters at Lord's. In that scenario, Umesh Yadav can be left out with Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya handling the pace duties.
Ganguly, India's second most successful captain in Tests jointly with Virat Kohli at the moment, wrote in a column for the Times of India that India should seriously consider the option of fielding a second spinner at the iconic venue and also backed the chinaman ahead of the senior left-arm spinner.
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