England name batsman Ollie Pope, all-rounder Woakes in squad for 2nd Test

Dawid Malan has lost his place in the England squad ahead of the second Test

Dawid Malan has lost his place in the England squad ahead of the second Test

India will be up against another fearless 20-year-old cricketer this week, with Ollie Pope primed to make his Test debut for England at Lord's on Thursday.

Pope comes in place of Malan, who managed to score 28 runs combining two innings in Birmingham Test. "Dawid Malan drops out of the squad for Lord's".

Surrey's crop of exciting youngsters had already been highlighted by all-rounder Sam Curran - also 20 - whose man-of-the-match performance at Edgbaston had much to do with England going 1-0 up, and the call-up of his county colleague was another indication of director of cricket Alec Stewart's determination to produce not only a successful team, but players fit to move up to global level. While his domestic form caught the eye, as well as regular performances in the Young Lions squads during 2016/17, the England management were struck by his maturity during the two matches he played in the North-South series in pre-season, scoring 110 runs across both innings.

The chairman of selectors Ed Smith commented, "Dawid Malan drops out of the squad for Lord's".

Talking about the moment of his maiden call-up for the England Test squad, he said, "I found out on Sunday morning".

Malan's Test record is modest at best, as he averages just 27 as a top order batsman in the 15 Test matches he has played with a solitary century to his credit.

"Ollie will come in and bat at four".

"The way he played last week can give me confidence to know I can do it", said Pope. Especially against this India side, where they bowl a lot of spin.

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"It will be interesting to see who can step up and take his place".

Right-handed batsman Pope has been in excellent form for Surrey as they lead the Specsavers County Championship Division One.

"I think it's the fearlessness", Pope said.

"When I bat at 6, I can be in (at the crease) in the tenth over or for the second new ball".

"You don't want to get your hopes too high but I had an idea". I think the four-to-six region, I don't think there's a massive difference in the way you play. The wickets were flat, so I got time in the middle that I needed.

"Obviously it's a bit different when you're playing, it will pretty special walking out there if I get the nod".

Whatever style of bowling he is asked to confront first-up, Pope said that he doesn't suffer "massively" from nerves and this week he will practise his customary use of visualisation as a technique to overcome them.

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