England captain Joe Root explained the decision to have Pope bat at four, despite the Surrey batsman having batted at six in all his 15 first-class matches for his county, saying: "Ollie will come in and bat at four".
"I know that might be seen as quite a big jump", said Root. "Depending on the team balance but yeah, I think it's definitely in contention", he said.
However, much of the focus will be on Pope who has been talked up as an England prospect after coming through the Lions setup.
"I'm looking forward to him, more than anything, just going out there and being himself - and playing exactly as he has done throughout this summer".
On the other hand, England will be without Ben Stokes and the all-rounder is likely to be replaced by Royal Challengers Bangalore star Chris Woakes, who was named in the squad for the second Test. The uncapped Essex seam bowler Jamie Porter again misses out from the squad of 13.
R Ashwin's performances (7 for 121) at Edgbaston may have tempted India to play an extra spinner in Kuldeep Yadav or Ravindra Jadeja but the team management is expected to take a call based on the weather. On the bowling front, they will be tempted to play two spinners but if that happens, it will be interesting to see who gets left out.
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Kohli added: "From the outside it looks very bad". It has been very hot in London for the last couple of months.
"It's been very hot in London for the last couple of months, there is good grass cover on it and that's required to keep the wicket together, otherwise it's going to be very hard for it to hold itself, even in the first two days".
Kohli, whose magnificent first-innings century and second-innings rearguard could not save his side from defeat at Edgbaston, also had some mixed advice for England's newest recruit, Pope. He wouldn't be in the squad if it was going to be a big concern. 'I will tell him to enjoy the occasion, and not get too many runs'. If I hadn't got the runs and we had won, I would have got a totally different feeling.
Meanwhile, after a poor show in the opening Test match against England, the Indian batsmen would like to rectify their mistakes and apply themselves diligently when India will face the hosts in the second match of the five-match series, starting on Thursday.