England name batsman Ollie Pope, all-rounder Woakes in squad for 2nd Test

Cricket | Steve James August 3 2018 5:00pm The Times Too many left-handers? No — just too few other options Steve James

After all, Tendulkar was just 16 years old when he made his Test debut against Pakistan at Karachi in 1989: Ollie Pope, at 20, could be seen as a seasoned old pro by comparison.

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.

Malan's Test record is modest at best, as he averages just 27 as a top order batsman in the 15 Test matches he has played with a solitary century to his credit.

England lead the five-match series 1-0 after a 31-run victory in the first Test at Edgbaston last week.

Pope's belief he can prosper on the biggest stage was bolstered by a man-of-the-match performance from his fellow 20-year-old and Surrey team-mate Sam Curran in the first Test at Edgbaston.

Aggregating just 28 runs in the two innings in the first Test at Edgbaston, Malan came into the spotlight also for his poor slip catching as he was accountable for dropped chances in both the first and second innings, one of which cost England more than a 100 runs and nearly the game as Virat Kohli was given a life en route his mammoth knock of 149.

Although he took three catches at Edgbaston, he also dropped three, including Virat Kohli on 21.

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Full squad: Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Jamie Porter, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes. That's a massive thing for a young lad to do, especially when you're just finding your way in the game.

"The selection panel believe that Ollie's performances and character suggest he is well-suited to worldwide cricket.' Pope has hit three championship hundreds this summer as well as an unbeaten half-century in England Lions" victory over India A.

England unsurprisingly called up all-rounder Chris Woakes in Stokes's place Sunday.

"I've played with since we were 14, 15".

Surrey's director of cricket Alec Stewart, speaking to ESPN Cricinfo: "He's got a lot of talent, he's mentally strong and a quick learner". Just knowing I'm not one of the first ones to play when I'm young or after not a huge amount of games.

"He soaks up the information that come his way and for someone so young he understands his game". "We have gone through the same path and the way he played last week gives me confidence to know I can do that too".

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

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