England call up Pope, Woakes for 2nd Test

England call up Pope, Woakes for 2nd Test

England call up Pope, Woakes for 2nd Test

Pope, the 20-year-old, has been in excellent form for Surrey as they lead the Specsavers County Championship Division One.

After all-rounder Sam Curran's sensational show in the Edgbaston Test against India, in only his second Test, his Surrey teammate, middle-order batsman Ollie Pope, has also been rewarded for his splendid showing in Country cricket.

Bayliss said the only problem he and England captain Joe Root faced in handling Curran, whose brother Tom has also played worldwide cricket, was preventing him getting frustrated when not directly involved in the action.

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 a year ago.

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Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has picked his choice as the second Indian spinner to take the field against England in the second Test match at Lord's starting Thursday, August 9, and it is Kuldeep Yadav. The selection panel believe that Ollie's performances and character suggest he is well suited to worldwide cricket. I didn't know what it was like to face Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Imran Khan and Abdul Qadir.

"They want the ball - they want to do the batting".

"But in an England shirt, one of the things he has done distinctively is play very well in very alien conditions - so I wanted to reaffirm to him that one of the things we are looking at is having the right players for the right conditions".

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.

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Ganguly heaped praise on Indian captain Virat Kohli who amassed 200 runs (149 and 51) in the first Test. Aged 30, with a Test average of 27.84 after 15 Tests (and just 20.23 in eight home Tests), this may well prove to be the end of Malan's career. He has 684 runs in Division One of the County Championship at an average of 85.50, with three centuries (a highest of 158 not out) and one fifty.

As for being without Stokes, the Australian coach added: "Obviously it's something we would have liked to have not been happening".

"The way (Kohli) played (in the first Test) was high-class stuff. England will be without Ben Stokes for the second Test but the inclusion of Chris Woakes and his all-round ability will balance the side", he wrote.

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