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Uncapped Surrey batsman Ollie Pope could make his Test debut in the second Test against India at Lord’s after being called up to replace Dawid Malan.
Malan has struggled as of late, and his scores of eight and 20 in the first Test at Edgbaston didn’t help his case in keeping hold of his spot in the Test side.
Pope is in the midst of a sensational county season with Surrey and is the second-highest run-scorer with 684 runs in eight matches, which include three centuries and a fifty, at an average of 85.50.
“Ollie Pope has made an exceptional start to his first class career,” national selector Ed Smith was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. “He has reached a 1000 first class runs in just 15 matches and is the first division’s stand-out batsman this season with 684 runs at 85.
“The selection panel believe that Ollie’s performances and character suggest he is well suited to international cricket.”
“Dawid Malan drops out of the squad for Lord’s. Dawid has not found his best rhythm this season, and it may be that his game is better suited to overseas conditions.”
Meanwhile, all-rounder Chris Woakes has been recalled as a replacement for Ben Stokes, who will miss the second Test as he will need to attend a court hearing in Bristol.
Stokes, who has been charged with affray following a brawl last year, played a crucial role with the ball in the first Test as he took two wickets in India’s first innings before claiming four more in their second innings, which included the vital dismissal of India captain Virat Kohli.
“Ben Stokes is unavailable, but Chris Woakes, with some extra matches and practices under his belt, can now return to the England squad after injury,” Smith said.
The second Test between England and India will begin on Thursday.
England’s squad for second Test: Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, Jimmy Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Jamie Porter, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes