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England name squad for second India Test at Lords as Joe Root prepares for absence of Ben Stokes

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Ben Stokes misses the second Test against India because of a court case (Picture: Getty)

England have named their squad for the second Test against India.

Joe Roots side will hope to build on their 31-run over the tourists at Lords on Thursday but will be without all-rounder Ben Stokes.

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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Warwickshires Chris Woakes has been named as Stokes replacement, while Ollie Pope has been drafted in for the dropped Dawid Malan.

Malan made just 28 runs in the first Test in Birmingham and National Selector, Ed Smith, says Pope deserves a shot in the Test squad.

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Ollie has made an exceptional start to his first class career, he said.

He has reached a 1000 first class runs in just 15 matches and is the first divisions stand-out batsman this season with 684 runs at 85.

England's squad for second India Test

Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Moeen Ali, Ollie Pope, Chris Woakes, Jamie Porter

England won a thrilling first Test in Birmingham (Picture: Getty)

The selection panel believe that Ollies performances and character suggest he is well suited to international cricket.

Dawid Malan drops out of the squad for Lords. Dawid has not found his best rhythm this season, and it may be that his game is better suited to overseas conditions.

Ben Stokes is unavailable, but Chris Woakes, with some extra matches and practices under his belt, can now return to the England squad after injury.

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