India vs England: Joe Root confirms Ollie Pope's inclusion in playing XI; says Surrey batsman will bat at four in Lord's Test

This season has seen Pope make 684 runs for Championship leaders Surrey at an average of 85.5, including three centuries

Agence France-Presse, Aug 08, 2018 18:46:04 IST

London: Ollie Pope will make his England debut batting at the number four position for the second Test against India at Lord's, captain Joe Root announced Wednesday.

The 20-year-old Surrey rising star is a direct replacement for Middlesex left-hander Dawid Malan, dropped after two low scores in England's 31-run win in the first Test at Edgbaston last week.

"Ollie Pope will come in and bat at four," said Root during a pre-match press conference at Lord's on Wednesday.

File image of Ollie Pope. Image courtesy: Twitter @OPope32

Ollie Pope will replace Dawid Malan in second Test and will bat at four, said England skipper Joe Root. Image courtesy: Twitter @OPope32

Uncapped Essex paceman Jamie Porter has been omitted from a 13-man squad, with England yet to decide whether Chris Woakes or spinner Moeen Ali will replace all-rounder Ben Stokes, who misses out due to his ongoing court case.

Pope only made his first-class debut in March last year and has been called into the Test squad on the back of a mere 15 matches, while he has never batted in the top five in County Championship cricket.

Yet this season has seen Pope make 684 runs for Championship leaders Surrey at an average of 85.5, including three centuries.

Root added: "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.

"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."

Updated Date: Aug 08, 2018 18:46:04 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254