India vs England: Ollie Pope to debut in Lord’s Test, says Joe Root

first_imgOllie Pope will make his debut against India in the second Test starting at the Lord’s, England captain Joe Root confirmed on Tuesday.Root announced that Surrey batsman Pope will receive his first cap batting at No. 4, replacing Dawid Malan from the side that won the first game by 31 runs at Edgbaston last week.” Ollie will come in and bat at four. He’s obviously batted at six for Surrey this season – but having seen him play a little bit, and the way his game is set up, I think it’s very much transferable to bat at number four in Test cricket,” Root said at England’s pre-match press conference.”I know that might be seen as quite a big jump. But he’s obviously an exciting talent and, with the guys around him, I think he fits nicely into that position in our team,” Root said.READ – Ollie Pope wants to emulate Surrey teammate Sam Curran’s success for EnglandMalan had scored 28 runs across both innings for England and also dropped a chance to dismiss Virat Kohli in the first innings as the Indian skipper went on to score 149.”Ollie Pope has made an exceptional start to his first class career,” national selector Ed Smith had said at the of announcing the squad for second Test.READ – India vs England: Bayliss banking on others to step up in Ben Stokes’s absence”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.advertisement”The selection panel believe that Ollie’s performances and character suggest he is well suited to international cricket,” Smith had said.READ – India vs England: Dawid Malan dropped for 2nd Test, Chris Woakes returnsPope, 20, has impressed by reaching the 1000-run mark in just 15 first-class matches for domestic side Surrey. He also scored an unbeaten 50 in England Lions’ victory over India A last month.Seamer Jamie Porter misses out from the initial 13-man squad, while one among Moeen Ali or Chris Woakes will replace Ben Stokes.England 12-man squad: Joe Root (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (w), Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes.(With inputs from PTI)last_img

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