Malan out, Pope in for Lord’s Test


Malan out, Pope in for Lord’s Test

It is less than 18 months since he made his first-class debut, for Surrey against Oxford MCC University in The Parks - as a wicketkeeper at number seven, from where he made a near run-a-ball 38 in his first innings of a drawn fixture.

With the rain never stopping long enough for the toss to take place, both England and India have still to name their starting XI.

Ollie Pope has replaced Dawid Malan in the England squad for the second Specsavers Test against India at Lord's. It's nice hearing stories that you are not the first one to play when young or after not a huge amount of games.

Surrey's crop of exciting youngsters had already been highlighted by all-rounder Sam Curran - also 20 - whose man-of-the-match performance at Edgbaston had much to do with England going 1-0 up, and the call-up of his county colleague was another indication of director of cricket Alec Stewart's determination to produce not only a successful team, but players fit to move up to worldwide level.

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.

Former England batsman Smith added: "Dawid Malan drops out of the squad for Lord's".

The forecast for the rest of the Test is favourable - and after the washout, 98 overs will be scheduled on each remaining day, with no adjustment to the scheduled start time of 11am but extra time allocated instead in extended second and third sessions.

He made eight and 20 batting at four at Edgbaston and has scored only one century - 140 against Australia in Perth last winter - in 15 Tests since making his debut against South Africa last summer.

"I didn't really have a coach, I just had to ask people to throw balls at me mid-week", said Pope. Meanwhile, despite the triumph, they have chose to make a couple of changes.

"If required, yes", said Pope. I was on the way to play for Surrey in a T20 at Essex. The wickets were flat, so I got time in the middle that I needed.

".that is the age when you don't see anything and just want to do well. Not a massive difference but just got to look a bit closer I think". Another threat to Woakes is the sensational left-arm fast bowler Sam Curran who was also the man of the match in the first Test against India.