India vs England: Youngster Pope feels ready for England Test debut

India vs England: Youngster Pope feels ready for England Test debut

England have dropped Dawid Malan for the second Test against India at Lord's and called up Surrey's Ollie Pope in his place.

Given Malan's limited footwork and first-class average of 37, however, it is improbable that he has a long-term Test career ahead of him, and it is better to blood the 20-year-old Pope in a position of strength.

Both man of the match Curran, in only his second Test, and then Stokes - just two days before the court date in Bristol which will rule him out of Lord's this week - played starring roles in the 31-run win. His name was floating around Edgbaston with growing expectation as Dawid Malan's struggles continued and Pope had seen media reports suggesting he was on the cusp of selection.

The forecast for the rest of the Test is favourable - and after the washout, 98 overs will be scheduled on each remaining day, with no adjustment to the scheduled start time of 11am but extra time allocated instead in extended second and third sessions.

They will, however, make at least two changes to their side.

A right-handed batsman, who can also keep wicket, he averages 63.25 after just 15 first-class matches, having made his debut in July previous year.

"I'm sure that they'll be going away working out how they can play it - as we're working on how to play the off-spin".

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A regular county player, Best also boasts of the second highest score for a number 11 batsman in Test cricket as the West Indian fell agonizingly short of a century, being dismissed on 95, against the English team.

"Ollie will come in and bat at four". Smith also picked uncapped pace bowler Jamie Porter, 25, who has taken wickets by the bucketful to help Surrey crown themselves champions in Division II first and then Division I past year.

Pope has been in outstanding form for Surrey in the County Championship this year, scoring 684 runs at an average of 85.50.

"Everyone always says if you're good enough, your old enough", said Pope.

"I read a few articles I got tagged in on Twitter..."

"Obviously it's a bit different when you're playing, it will pretty special walking out there if I get the nod". "I hope that will stand him in really good stead". I think the four-to-six region, I don't think there's a massive difference in the way you play.

On Thursday evening, he said: "When a player has been left out there should be clear communication on the way they can improve in order to get back into contention".

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