India vs England: Rookie Ollie Pope seeks inspiration from Surrey teammate Sam Curran's heroics in first Test

Top-order batsman Pope is set to make his England debut at Lord's later this week after being called into the squad for the second Test in place of the dropped Dawid Malan.

Agence France-Presse, Aug 07, 2018 20:50:51 IST

London: Ollie Pope hopes to follow in the footsteps of fellow 20-year-old Surrey rising star Sam Curran during England's Test series with India.

Top-order batsman Pope is set to make his England debut at Lord's later this week after being called into the squad for the second Test in place of the dropped Dawid Malan.

Cricket - England nets - Lord's, London, Britain - August 7, 2018 England's Ollie Pope during nets Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs - RC1B3653F9D0

England's Ollie Pope during nets. Reuters/Paul Childs

County colleague Curran starred with both bat and ball as England beat India by 31 runs in the first Test at Edgbaston last week to go 1-0 up in the five-match series.

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

"The way he (Curran) played last week can give me the confidence to know I can do it," Pope told reporters at Lord's on Tuesday.

"I've played with him since we were 14 or 15 — as soon as he came over from Zimbabwe — and we've gone through the same path.

"I've had a good season so far. I have confidence in my own game to take the next step. You hear stories of some of the greats of the game, people like Alastair Cook. I think he was 20 when he made his debut, so it's not like it hasn't been done before."

Pope has been in brilliant form for County Championship leaders Surrey this season, scoring 684 runs at a huge average of 85.50, including three centuries and a top score of 158 not out.

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.

But if England decide to bat Pope in Malan's number four position, when the second Test starts on Thursday, he will be two places up the order from the number six berth he usually occupies at Surrey.

Pope, asked if he would be ready to bat at number four, replied: "If required, yes. Especially against this India side, where they bowl a lot of spin.

"It's not massively different. When I bat at six sometimes I've been in the 10th over, other times I'm in for the second new ball," he added.

"In the four to six region I don't think there's a massive difference in the way you play."

Updated Date: Aug 07, 2018 20:50:51 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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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
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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