Essex's Jamie Porter, named in the squad for each of the first two Tests, has been released once again.
England will be without Ben Stokes while India could make changes too for the second Test starting here at Lord's on Thursday. Chris Woakes will be aware of the weight of expectations on his shoulders.
How the pitch looks on Thursday morning will surely go a long way to informing that decision - on Wednesday afternoon however its appearance mostly remained a mystery, covered first by a white sheet and then by the hover cover, as part of the groundsman's final preparations.
India´s captain Virat Kohli attends a press conference at Lord´s Cricket Ground in London on August 8, 2018. "He's obviously batted at six for Surrey this season - but having seen him play a little bit, and the way his game is set up, I think it's very much transferable to bat at number four in Test cricket".
'I know that might be seen as quite a big jump.
The day's play of India vs England 2nd Test match will begin at 3:30 pm IST. "Opposition players are allowed to play well and they definitely did that at Edgbaston, so it's just about combatting that as a team and making sure that when we get our opportunities to go big, someone takes the game by the scruff of the neck".
In Pope they have a batsman who has been in superb form for County Championship leaders Surrey so far this season with 684 runs at a huge average of 85.50, including three centuries and a top score of 158 not out. That's a very exciting prospect for such a young man, to have the ability to play in that manner.
The skipper said that the right-handed Pope wasn't a tactic against Ravichandran Ashwin or Ishant Sharma, who have a good record against left-handed batsmen.
"These guys, Sam and Ollie, have come in because they have done some special things for Surrey in their recent past".
Well, bowling coach Bharat Arun hinted the visitors may not opt for an extra batsman and called it a "conservative move".
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.
Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the Test match and that could mean an unchanged Indian seam attack.
Therefore, Gambhir feels that this is India's best opportunity to win a Test in England and if they don't, it will be very hard to make a comeback in the series as it will get colder and conditions will change. "The challenge is there for us to adapt even better and we have our plans in place".