England to ordain Pope at Lord’s as Malan axed

England to ordain Pope at Lord’s as Malan axed

"Hearing those stories are pretty inspirational - they make you realise what you can do".

Pope made his Surrey first-team debut in the County Championship in August 2017 against Middlesex at The Oval, in the infamous match that was abandoned after a crossbow was sacked on to the pitch after tea during the final day's play.

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

"If someone told me I'd be in the squad for the second test at Lord's at the start of the season, I wouldn't have really believed them", Pope, who is averaging 85 for Surrey in the county championship this year, said.

"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". He has scored only two 30+ scores in 12 innings and has an average of 27.84 after 15 Tests.

Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Tendulkar maintained age should not be a criteria in selecting players such as Pope or England's other 20-year-old tearaway, Sam Curran.

Ed Smith spoke about Pope scoring 1,000 runs in just 15 matches as evidence of his promise, and the batsman was confident he can deliver against India if he gets to make a dream debut at Lord's.

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The hosts will now have just two left-handed players in the top six, in openers Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings, with captain Joe Root, wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler all right-handers too.

His chances of making a Lord's debut appear strong, although England could conceivably field both seamer Woakes and off-spinner Moeen Ali as two all-round options and rejig their batting order. That's a massive thing for a young lad to do, especially when you're just finding your way in the game. "I hope Ollie Pope plays as he has done for his county and enjoys his debut".

"Of course you learn by watching, and how they go about practice but you have to be proactive".

"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.

"I'm sure that they'll be going away working out how they can play it - as we're working on how to play the off-spin". Now, well into his thirties, Best played his last competitive game nearly a year ago.

"I didn't really have a coach, I just had to ask people to throw balls at me mid-week", said Pope.

"I'm surprised but hopefully counties will still keep doing it", said Pope.

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