Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Malan out, Pope in for Lord’s Test

Malan out, Pope in for Lord’s Test

In-play clips and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app. The English team has made 2 big changes to the winning XI as Ollie Pope has been called up to England's squad in place of Dawid Malan.

'He has reached a 1000 first class runs in just 15 matches and is the first division's stand-out batsman this season with 684 runs at 85.

There will be no-one quite as young as Tendulkar was back then when England and India reconvene at Lord's this week for the second Test.

All-rounder Chris Woakes have also been recalled to fill up the gap of Ben Stokes who will not be available for Lord's Test as it would clash with his trial in Bristol court for charges of affray. If the case is adjourned for a later date, Stokes will be added to the Test squad.

England captain Joe Root said at his pre-match press conference: "Ollie Pope will come in and bat at four".

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He scored a century in his third first-class game, and three hundreds this summer have helped Surrey to the top of the Championship table.

"The selection panel believe Ollie's performances and character suggest he is well suited to global cricket".

Malan made just 28 runs in the first Test in Birmingham and National Selector, Ed Smith, says Pope deserves a shot in the Test squad. He was ruled out of the T20I and ODI series against England and included provisionally in the Indian squad for the second and third Tests.

Virat Kohli has been urged by Sachin Tendulkar to keep his focus and let his "heart guide the way", after his brilliant batting display in last week's first Test fell short of delivering an Indian victory at Edgbaston.

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