Test skipper has confirmed that Ollie Pope will be making his Test debut at Lord's. He will be replacing Dawid Malan and will be batting at number 4 in his first Test. England won the first Test at Edgbaston and will be going into this Test match with supreme confidence.
" Ollie will come in and bat at four. He's obviously batted at six for Surrey this season - but having seen him play a little bit, and the way his game is set up, I think it's very much transferable to bat at number four in Test cricket," Root said at England's pre-match press conference.
"I know that might be seen as quite a big jump. But he's obviously an exciting talent and, with the guys around him, I think he fits nicely into that position in our team," Root said.
"Ollie Pope has made an exceptional start to his first class career," national selector Ed Smith had said at the of announcing the squad for second Test.
"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. The selection panel believe that Ollie's performances and character suggest he is well suited to international cricket," Smith had said.
England 12-man squad: Joe Root (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (w), Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes
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