England come into the second Test at Lords 1-up and with some new faces bringing new energy into the squad. However, one big omission from the squad will be Ben Stokes who will miss the second Test due to his court hearing due to his involvment in the Bristol brawl incident last year in September.
Stokes delivered an impactful performance in the first Test picking up six wickets at crucial junctures to give England the lead in the Test series. Before the second Test, Stokes in a tweet has wished his team best wishes ahead of the crucial second Test match at Lord's.
He also took this opportunity to send his best wishes to Ollie Pope who will be making his Test debut at Lord's. Pope will be replacing Malan in the England playing XI. Pope's inclusion was earlier confirmed by Root on Tuesday in the pre-match press conference.
Here is the Tweet by Stokes for his teammates ahead of the second Test.
Good luck to all the englandcricket lads today and for the rest of the week,always exciting seeing guys get there first opportunity,hope it goes for you well for you @opope32 #loveengland https://t.co/7y4yb2sLne— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) August 9, 2018