England to release Ollie Pope from Test squad

England have decided to release their middle-order batsman Ollie Pope from the Test squad in the ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka.

England release Ollie Pope

England are currently in Sri Lanka for a complete series and the series is half done. Now both nations are involved in the three-match Test series. England comfortably won the first Test in Galle and registered a historical win.

The second Test match is scheduled to play on November 14 in Kandy. With two Test matches remaining in the series England have decided to release their middle-order batman Olly Pope from the Test squad for the remaining series and Pope will join England Lions in UAE.

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The Surrey batsman, 20, who played two Tests against India this summer, has been pushed down the pecking order after his Surrey teammate Ben Foakes was drafted into the squad.

Ollie Pope will be with the team until the commencement of the second Test to ensure there are no injury issues. He is set to leave to UAE by lunchtime during the second Test if everything goes well in the England camp.

Foakes arrived as cover after first-choice wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow suffered an ankle injury during the ODI series. He went on to keep wicket and score a hundred on debut as England won the first Test against in Galle to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

“It is important that Ollie is playing and the selection panel felt that to aid his development the best course of action is for to him to go and play for the Lions in a competitive series against Pakistan A,” said England head coach Trevor Bayliss.

“Ollie needs some game time before the West Indies Test tour early next year and will get more out of playing competitively for the Lions rather than spending the next three weeks in Sri Lanka on the sidelines. He will get the opportunity of playing up to eight matches across all formats in the UAE.”

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