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England energised for next instalment - Cook

Alastair Cook looks ahead in the second Investec Test

Alastair Cook says England will be ready for India tomorrow despite being in the field much longer than their opponents during the first Investec Test.

The teams have had just three days to recover from the draw at Trent Bridge when Cook’s side bowled 284 overs across India’s two innings.

The hosts, who gave the seamers who bowled extensively in Nottingham an extra day off yesterday, head into the second of five Tests at Lord’s in fine fettle, according to Cook.

“We are not really in unusual territory yet,” the England captain said. “We're used to playing back-to-back Test matches with three days off in between.

“When it starts to become slightly different is Test match three and four and obviously five, because after this Test match finishes Monday we're playing again Sunday.

“That's when it starts to start racking up especially if they (the seamers) are bowling 50 overs in the game.”

England’s hard-worked pacemen yesterday spent time at the luxury Grove hotel in Hertfordshire before training with the rest of the squad today.

Lord’s head groundsman Mick Hunt is happy with the pitch he has prepared for the Lord's Investec Test, according to England captain Cook

“They had a very nice day getting pampered at the Grove yesterday, when we were running around here like headless chickens they were lying there getting mud wraps and that kind of stuff,” Cook joked.

“Hopefully it does them some good. They seem to be in quite good spirits for the workload that they've had.”

They and Cook are hoping for a more favourable pitch for seamers than at Trent Bridge. Lord’s head groundsman Mick Hunt thinks he has prepared just that.

Cook said: "It looks a good wicket now - a good covering of grass on it, and a nice green tinge. I've just been speaking to Mick, and he's happy with it.

"Because it's not an exact science, it's very hard to predict exactly how it will go.”

Cook, who will be checking the overhead conditions tomorrow before the toss, added: “I definitely want a result. Lord's tends to be when you look up not down.

“If the sun's out it can be a fantastic place to bat. But we just want nicks to carry. I think both sides would like that.”

Mahendra Singh Dhoni gives his views on the Lord's game

Investec Test facts

Alastair Cook needs 15 runs to become the eighth player to score 4,000 Test runs in England. Ian Bell is 80 runs short of the 4,000 Test runs in England landmark.

Cook needs 102 runs and 52 runs respectively to pass David Gower (third) and Kevin Pietersen (fourth) on the list of leading English Test run-scorers.

Stuart Broad needs one wicket to become the eighth player to take 250 Test wickets for England.

If he does take a wicket Broad will become the 13th player and second for England after Ian Botham to score 2,000 runs and take 250 wickets in Tests.

Bell has more Test scores of 50-plus at Lord’s than any other player (12 in 26 innings).

Anderson (68) needs two wickets to pass Botham (69) as the leading Test wicket-taker at Lord’s.

Anderson (61) also needs two wickets to pass Bob Willis and Derek Underwood (62 apiece) as England’s leading Test wicket-taker against India.

Matt Prior needs three dismissals to become the first wicketkeeper to take 50 Test dismissals at Lord’s.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (53) needs two dismissals to pass Alan Knott (54) as the wicketkeeper with most dismissals in Tests between England and India.

India have lost 11, drawn four and won one of their 16 Tests at Lord’s. Of the six English venues they have played at, only at Edgbaston do they have a higher loss percentage (lost five, drawn one and won none).

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