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Despite getting the right result yesterday, England have chose to call up Ollie Pope, the Surrey Batsman, to the squad in place of Dawid Malan for the second Test against India at Lord's, starting on Thursday.

However, conditions on Thursday morning will dictate whether spinner Moeen Ali or seamer Chris Woakes is drafted in to replace Ben Stokes, absent this week because of his ongoing court case in Bristol.

Pope's belief he can prosper on the biggest stage was bolstered by a man-of-the-match performance from his fellow 20-year-old and Surrey team-mate Sam Curran in the first Test at Edgbaston.

After all-rounder Sam Curran's sensational show in the Edgbaston Test against India, in only his second Test, his Surrey teammate, middle-order batsman Ollie Pope, has also been rewarded for his splendid showing in Country cricket.

"Ollie Pope has made an exceptional start to his first-class career".

Joe Root, the England captain, is confident of England's plans against Virat Kohli, but reminded his men that it was vital that they take every half-chance they create when it comes to the Indian star. He also made an unbeaten fifty for the second-string England Lions in a 253-run win over India A in a first-class fixture at Worcester last month.

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His call-up to the squad came after just 15 first-class matches, but national selector Ed Smith has been persuaded by a glut of stylish runs this season.

"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.

Watch day two of the second Test between England and India, at Lord's, live on Sky Sports Cricket (channel 404) and Sky Sports Main Event (channel 401) from 10.30am on Friday. I was on the way to play for Surrey in a T20 at Essex. I didn't really take them in, because you don't want to get your hopes up too high or you'll get let down. In last eight Tests that he played on home soil, he scored runs with a meagre average of 20.23, with a top score of 65 against West Indies in 2017.

"Dawid Malan drops out of the squad for Lord's". Kohli went on to score 149 off 225 balls in that innings.

Left-hander Malan, 30, is averaging only 16.89 in nine Test innings since last winter's Ashes.

"The wicket looks good - it's a hard pitch, it's very dry", the world's top-ranked Test and one-day worldwide batsman added. Woakes has played a couple of T20 matches since he was deemed unready to be named in the squad in the first Test. "England will be without Ben Stokes for the second Test but the inclusion of Chris Woakes and his all-round ability will balance the side", he wrote.


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