Oliver Pope, Chris Woakes called up for Lord’s Test

  • Oliver Pope, Chris Woakes called up for Lord’s Test

Oliver Pope, Chris Woakes called up for Lord’s Test

England recalled Chris Woakes in place of Ben Stokes and brought in Ollie Pope to replace the dropped batsman Dawid Malan when they named a 13-man squad on Sunday for next week's second Test against India at Lord's.

The Surrey man, 20, comes into the side after England won the first Test at Edgbaston by 31 runs on Saturday.

"The selection panel believe that Ollie's performances and character suggest he is well-suited to global cricket.' Pope has hit three championship hundreds this summer as well as an unbeaten half-century in England Lions" victory over India A. Pope has scored 684 runs at an average of 85.50 with three centuries this season and played for England Lions in the win over India A last month.

"All batters were in trouble - even Kohli, who I don't think was all that comfortable early on". 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 a year ago.

"You hear stories of some of the greats of the game, people like Alastair Cook".

It is why Pope, who was called into the squad for the second Test in place of the dropped Dawid Malan, hopes to follow in the footsteps of his Surrey teammate when he thrown in at the deep end at Lord's.

"I've got no concerns about it - Ben has no concerns about it (either)", added Bayliss. Likewise last year: if someone told me I was going to make my Championship debut last year, I wouldn't have believed them. "Hopefully I take my chance and I have the confidence in my own game to take the next step".

"Against this Indian side, where they bowl a lot of spin, I think there's not actually a massive difference", Pope claimed. You play him like a normal off-spinner, but you've just got to watch him a bit closer out of the hand. But I feel confident in my game and I feel like I'm obviously on the back of some form.

"When I bat at six some games I've been in in the 10th over, other games I've come in for the second new ball. The way he played last week has given me confidence that I can do it too and it's nice to do it with him".

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.