Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

England call up Pope, Woakes to replace Malan, Stokes for India test

England call up Pope, Woakes to replace Malan, Stokes for India 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.

It is bold of England's selectors to make changes after the inspiring 31-run victory at Edgbaston, and not simply the enforced one but two.

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"I've played with him since we were 14, 15 - as soon as he came over from Zim (Zimbabwe) - and we've gone through the same path". Surrey's uncapped Ollie Pope comes in for Dawid Malan and Chris Woakes replaces the otherwise engaged Ben Stokes.

Twenty-year-old Pope, who replaces Dawid Malan, is now the second highest run-scorer in County Championship Division One, with 684 runs at an average of 85.50. He was at least able to make amends with a sharp low catch to remove Dinesh Karthik six balls into the final day.

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"I'm sure that they'll be going away working out how they can play it - as we're going working on how to play the off-spin".

"Dawid Malan drops out of the squad for Lord's".

After all, Tendulkar was just 16 years old when he made his Test debut against Pakistan at Karachi in 1989: Ollie Pope, at 20, could be seen as a seasoned old pro by comparison. I didn't know what it was like to face Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Imran Khan and Abdul Qadir.

England skipper Joe Root had earlier announced a 12-man squad for Lord's Test.

"I've had a good season so far".

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He said: "It was good to get around the team for the day then".

Pope has hit three championship hundreds this summer, with a top score of 158 not out, and also an unbeaten half-century in England Lions' wide-margin win over India A at Worcester last month. When I bat at six sometimes I've been in the 10th over, other times I'm in for the second new ball.

England squad for second TestJoe Root (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Jamie Porter, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes.

On Thursday evening, he said: "When a player has been left out there should be clear communication on the way they can improve in order to get back into contention".

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

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