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England v India preview

England will wait for a final look at the Lord's pitch on Thursday morning before deciding whether to recall spinner Simon Kerrigan for the second Test against India.

Kerrigan was added to the squad after the drawn series opener at Trent Bridge and could make his first Test appearance since a disastrous debut against Australia at The Oval last year.

On that occasion, the Lancashire left-armer bowled eight wicketless overs costing 53 runs in the first innings and was not called on again by England captain Alastair Cook.

England have relied on all-rounder Moeen Ali for their main spin option so far this summer but are now reconsidering that plan after encountering a succession of dry pitches.

On conditions at Lord's, Cook said: "It looks a good wicket with a covering of grass on it and a green tinge.

"Wickets at Lord's tend to be good when they have a bit of carry. Speaking to (groundsman) Mick (Hunt), he's happy with it. Because it's not an exact science it's very hard to predict exactly how it will go."

Cook acknowledges Kerrigan has 'a little bit of a hurdle to get over' due to his debut experience but is confident he is ready for another chance.

"It will be a big challenge for him in terms of what he experienced in his first Test match," said the England skipper.

"You want to hit the ground running and want to show everyone what a good player you are. You always have to prove that when you get into the side.

"What I've seen in the nets and from talking to him, he certainly feels more comfortable around this squad.

"He knows a lot of the guys, has been on 'A' tours with them, compared to when he was thrust in at The Oval at two days' notice with guys he'd only seen playing on TV.

"We will see (on Kerrigan's selection in the starting XI), we'll have to have a look at the wicket tomorrow, because if the grass gets cut off then it changes things."

Kerrigan's inclusion would likely be at the expense of either Moeen or Ben Stokes.

Worcestershire's Moeen scored his maiden Test hundred at Headingley against Sri Lanka in June, an unbeaten 108 that narrowly failed to save match and series.

But he looks the more vulnerable of the two as Durham all-rounder Stokes could move up to replace him at No 6 in the batting order - the position he filled with some success in Australia last winter, including a century at Perth - and also provide a fourth seam-bowling option.

England squad: A Cook (capt), M Ali, J Anderson, G Ballance, I Bell, S Broad, C Jordan, S Kerrigan, L Plunkett, M Prior (wkt), S Robson, J Root, B Stokes, C Woakes

India squad: MS Dhoni (capt, wkt), V Aaron, R Ashwin, S Binny, S Dhawan, G Gambhir, R Jadeja, V Kohli, B Kumar, M Shami, I Pandey, P Singh, C Pujara, A Rahane, W Saha (wkt), I Sharma, R Sharma, M Vijay