England on Sunday named their 13 man squad for the second Test to be held at Lord’s on August 9.
Chris Woakes is recalled in place of Stoke who is set to miss the second Test while middle-order batsman Dawid Malan has been dropped after his poor performance with the bat. Ollie Pope replaces him in the squad.
The 20-year-old, Pope is in fine form with the bat for Surrey this season. He scored 684 runs at an average of over 85 including 3 tons for the Championship leaders, Surrey. He also scored an unbeaten half-century for England Lions against India A last month.
Note: Malan scored 8 and 20 runs in the two innings. He also dropped Kohli twice at 21 and 51 allowing him to score 149 runs that helped India came back into the game.
Moeen Ali and Jamie Porter who didn’t feature in the 1st test were retained in the squad.
“Ollie Pope has made an exceptional start to his first-class career,” said England Selector Ed Smith.
“He had reached a 100 first-class runs in just 15 matches and is the first division’s stand out batsman this season. The selection panel believes that Ollie’s performances and character suggest he is well suited to international cricket,” he added.
On Dawid Malan drop, Smith said, “Dawid has not found his best rhythm this season, and it may be that his game is better suited to overseas condition.”
He cleared that Stokes is unavailable.
Squad: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (captain), Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jamie Porter and Moeen Ali.
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