England name squad for second Test against India


There was no time even for the toss or announcement of teams to take place, before forecast bad weather set in and never cleared.

"But in an England shirt, one of the things he has done distinctively is play very well in very alien conditions - so I wanted to reaffirm to him that one of the things we are looking at is having the right players for the right conditions".

While Surrey's 20-year-old middle-order batsman Ollie Pope replaces Middlesex's Dawid Malan, Warwickshire's Woakes returns in place of Durham's Ben Stokes, who faces a court hearing this week in Bristol, according to a release.

Pope, a 20-year-old who has played just 15 first-class matches, has been in excellent form for Surrey in the County Championship this season scoring 684 runs at an average of 85.50, including three centuries. "They make you realise what you can do". "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.

As the rain fell at Lord's on Thursday, Sam Curran and Ollie Pope, who is due to make his England debut could only watch from a balcony in the pavilion.

After an exciting victory in the 1st Test against India, the English team has started their preparation for the second Test as they announced a 13-man squad for the match.

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

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"Against South Africa previous year, there was quite a lot of spin that came into play and when we played India here previously, spin came into it in the second innings".

Though India lost the first Test at Edgbaston in four days, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly feels the match was a fine example for Test match cricket.

Pope bats at six for his county, although he made an unbeaten 50 at number five for England Lions against India in the tour match at New Road before the Test series.

Root confirmed Pope's inclusion in the XI and said Essex seamer Jamie Porter would miss out.

"It's not massively different. I clicked on them out of curiosity and I took them in", he said.

The last time England were at Lord's against Pakistan in May, Pope spent the first day of the Test around the team to get a feel for the global set-up.