Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

England's Malan dropped for second Test as Pope and Woakes come in

England's Malan dropped for second Test as Pope and Woakes come in

Ollie Pope has been in tremendous form, scoring 684 runs in Division One of the County Championship at 85.50.

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The last time England were at Lord's against Pakistan in May, Pope spent the first day of the Test around the team to get a feel for the worldwide set-up.

Ahead of this year's county season, Pope was named in the South squad for the North-South series in the Caribbean, which features some the best young talent from all 18 counties.

As far as inspiration for a young batsman on the cusp of an worldwide Test career goes, Sachin Tendulkar isn't a bad shout.

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Malan is averaging 16.89 in his nine test matches since the Ashes series in Australia.

Dawid Malan has been dropped by England following his disappointing performance in the first Test against India.

His sole appearance of the England Lions came in a 253-run Test victory over India A in July.

Although he took three catches at Edgbaston, he also dropped three, including Virat Kohli on 21.

Joe 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. Fellow allrounder Chris Woakes takes his place. "Hopefully we can play and express ourselves the way we want to", he said. That's a massive thing for a young lad to do, especially when you're just finding your way in the game. "There are going to be tough moments but that's what you play for". "You have to ask them the questions you want the answers to".

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Stokes on Thursday, wished his colleagues well in a Twitter message accompanied by an Instagram photograph of all-rounder Sam Curran, like Pope a 20-year-old Surrey star, celebrating a wicket.

The top-order batsman, who has played just 15 first-class matches, would love the chance to prove in London, as Curran did in Birmingham, the old adage that "if you're good enough you're old enough" right.

"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.

Surrey's director of cricket Alec Stewart, speaking to ESPN Cricinfo: "He's got a lot of talent, he's mentally strong and a quick learner".

"I got to know the guys a bit better - and also I now know what it's like on the morning of the first Test at Lord's".

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