Pope called up at 20 for axed Malan

Surrey swagger Ollie Pope averages 63.3 in his 15 first-class games

Surrey swagger Ollie Pope averages 63.3 in his 15 first-class games

All-rounder Ben Stokes, who impressed with the bowl in 1st Test, has been replaced by Chris Woakes.

This epic battle will start at 15:30 hrs IST and Sony SIX will telecast the Test Live starting from 9th August.

Since then, Pope has gone on to hit 684 runs in Division One of County Cricket, averaging a stellar 85.50.

Uncapped seamer Jamie Porter, who was named in the squad for the first Test before being released to play for Essex, retains his place in the 13-man party.

England captain Joe Root said at his pre-match press conference: "Ollie Pope will come in and bat at four".

Three hundreds for Surrey, this summer, has helped them be on top of the table.

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Shane Lowry, 139th in the FedEx points, had 30 points, and Monday qualifier John Oda was another point back along with J.J. Sam Saunders , who started the day three off the lead, finished with a round worth minus-1, finishing tied for seventh.

"Ollie has made an exceptional start to his first-class career".

This will be the second Test encounter between India and England.

"The selection panel believe that Ollie's performances and character suggest he is well suited to worldwide cricket".

Malan made just 28 runs in the first Test in Birmingham and National Selector, Ed Smith, says Pope deserves a shot in the Test squad.

He also added that team management has chose to drop Dawid Malan for the Lord's test. "Dawid has not found his best rhythm this season, and it may be that his game is better suited to overseas condition", Smith said.

Virat Kohli has been urged by Sachin Tendulkar to keep his focus and let his "heart guide the way", after his brilliant batting display in last week's first Test fell short of delivering an Indian victory at Edgbaston. He scalped 4 wickets in the first innings which opened up the game and was a constant threat to the batsmen during the second innings as well.

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