India vs England: Ben Stokes wishes England newcomer Pope well

Ollie Pope has enjoyed an excellent season so far for Surrey

Ollie Pope has enjoyed an excellent season so far for Surrey

Play was called off for the day without a ball being bowled in the second cricket test match between England and India at Lord's August 9. However, with Stokes unavailable, he has been able to find a place in the list of 13. "The selection panel believes that Ollie's performances and character suggest he is well suited to global cricket", ECB National Selector Ed Smith said in a statement.

Pope will be joining up again with his Surrey friend, long-time age-group team-mate, and fellow 20-year-old, Sam Curran.

Durham all-rounder Stokes will miss the entire Test as he is in court in Bristol after pleading not guilty to an affray charge. "The selection panel believe that Ollie's performances and character suggest he is well suited to worldwide cricket", he said about Popes.

In eight matches, the 20-year-old racked 684 runs at an average of 85.50.

Despite getting the right result yesterday, England have made a decision to call up Ollie Pope, the Surrey Batsman, to the squad in place of Dawid Malan for the second Test against India at Lord's, starting on Thursday.

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Fewer than 24 hours later, Pope, also a wicketkeeper but in the Test frame as yet only as a specialist batsman - has entered the equation on the back of his outstanding county form so far this season.

Left-hander Malan, 30, is averaging only 16.89 in nine Test innings since last winter's Ashes.

AnalysisBBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew on BBC Radio 5 liveEverything Ed Smith is touching is turning to gold at the moment and he has once again taken a punt on youth.Pope caught the eye past year as a one-day innovator. "In the first innings, we created a couple of half-chances to dismiss him", the England captain said. The young Surrey opener will be making his debut in Lords Test after the announcement was made by skipper Joe Root in a pre-match conference on Wednesday.

Pope does not expect to be overawed by the occasion, with social media giving him time to get used to the idea of his maiden call-up and previous experience of playing at the home of cricket helping settle any nerves. "I need to just keep riding the wave". "We've got good plans against him and have found a way to potentially get him out". "I can see that he thinks about the game a lot and has a very good understanding of where he's at within his own game - which is a really good sign in a young man, coming into this environment".

"That made that day a pretty valuable experience".

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