England's Malan dropped for second Test as Pope and Woakes come in

Heather Diaz
August 11, 2018

England have dropped Dawid Malan for the second Test against India at Lord's and called up Surrey's Ollie Pope in his place.

He was also a regular in the English developmental squads during 2016-17 and played for the Lions in their first-class fixture against India A last month where he scored 50 not out in a 253 runs victory at Blackfinch New Road, Worcester.

Both Moeen Ali and James Porter, who were released for their respective county teams after not being included in the playing XI at Edgbaston, have been retained. You play him like a normal off-spinner, you've just got to watch him a bit closer out of the hand. Surrey's uncapped Ollie Pope comes in for Dawid Malan and Chris Woakes replaces the otherwise engaged Ben Stokes.

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. "When you give the best players in the world some opportunities, they don't give you more", acknowledged Root, going on to praise his bowlers for getting him out at a crucial time in their second innings on the fourth morning", Root said.

"Likewise, if someone told me I was going to make my Championship debut a year ago, I wouldn't have believed them".

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Bayliss said the only problem he and England captain Joe Root faced in handling Curran, whose brother Tom has also played global cricket, was preventing him getting frustrated when not directly involved in the action.

Middlesex batsman Malan has been out of form with the bat this summer.

"I didn't really have a coach, I just had to ask people to throw balls at me mid-week", said Pope. "We've got good plans against him and have found a way to potentially get him out". In the end, the target proved too handy as India were eventually bowled out for 397, with Agarkar remaining unbeaten on 109 off 190 balls, including 16 fours as England won the match by 170 runs. "Four to six region, I don't think there is a massive difference in the way you play".

On Thursday evening, he said: "When a player has been left out there should be clear communication on the way they can improve in order to get back into contention".

Rising star Sam Curran has put himself in the spotlight as one of England's best hopes to make up for the absence of Ben Stokes in the Lord's Test against India.

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