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Will have to look at the pitch: Dhoni

The pitch and its complex relationship with team compositions, was the recurrent theme when Alastair Cook and M.S. Dhoni spoke about the imminent second Test.

Questioned about the wicket and whether he has finalised his playing eleven, Dhoni said: “I haven’t seen the wicket. Will have to see how hard it is, the amount of grass left on it. A lot depends on overhead conditions too.”

Cook too did not commit on including left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan in his eleven. “He wants to hit the ground running and prove how good a bowler he is. We will see how it happens, take a look at wicket tomorrow, if grass is cut off then we will see. At some point we will have to take a call on a specialist spinner,” the host captain said and added:

Fantastic place

“Definitely (we) want a result. Lord’s tends to be a fantastic place to bat when the sun is out. We just want some pace and nicks to carry.”

Though both their respective press conferences were hijacked by the James Anderson-Ravindra Jadeja issue, when an opportunity presented itself for Dhoni to run-down his out-of-form counterpart, he graciously refused to take the bait. “In cricket you won’t hear me ever say something like that. It’s a difficult sport. People talk a lot about form, but you can be in bad form and regain it in 10 minutes. We have our own plans,” Dhoni said.

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