England call up Pope, Woakes for second Test

England call up Pope, Woakes for second Test

England squad for the second Test against India at Lord's, August 9-13: Alastair Cook (Essex), Keaton Jennings (Lancashire), Joe Root (Yorkshire, capt), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire, wkt), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jamie Porter (Essex).

Smith said: 'Ollie Pope has made an exceptional start to his first-class career.

Fewer than 24 hours later, Pope, also a wicketkeeper but in the Test frame as yet only as a specialist batsman - has entered the equation on the back of his outstanding county form so far this season. The county have always been talking up Ben Foakes, but Pope is already a better red-ball batsman, being more compact, while Foakes - five years older - is much the.

He is the fourth player under 21 to represent England in Test cricket this year, following Mason Crane, Dominic Bess and Sam Curran.

"I know the hotel we'll stay in the night before - I know where I need to be and when I need to be there". Looking back on people like him (Sachin Tendulkar), what was he, 16, 17? When I made my Surrey debut, there were four 19-year-olds in there at the same time.

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"I've got no concerns about it - Ben has no concerns about it (either)", he said. "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", he said.

"All batters were in trouble - even Kohli, who I don't think was all that comfortable early on". Now, well into his thirties, Best played his last competitive game nearly a year ago. That was a step ahead, helped me kick off the season how I wanted, found a bit of form and my method for now. In his tweet, he also joked that the selectors had "finally" seen his tweets and made the right decision to drop him, adding a subsequent hashtag that said, "Was playing for his good looks".

After rain washed out Thursday's scheduled first day without a ball bowled, there were blue and sunny skies above Lord's although these soon clouded over following the toss.

"We've got to up for the battle, ready to do the dirty work".

Still only 20, Curran starred with both bat and ball as England celebrated its 1,000th Test with a 31-run win at Edgbaston, taking four for 74 in India's first innings and hitting a maiden Test fifty to rescue the host from the depths of 87 for seven in its second innings. "Not a massive difference, just got to look a bit closer I think".

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