Malan out, Pope in for Lord’s Test
England have outstretched the selection for this week’s match at Lord’s against India to 20 year old Surrey batsman Ollie Pope, axing the struggling Dawid Malan. This will be the second Test encounter between India and England.
In the series opener, England claimed a 31 run win against the touring party.
All-rounder Chris Woakes have also been recalled to fill up the gap of Ben Stokes who will not be available for Lord’s Test as it would clash with his trial in Bristol court for charges of affray.
Malan made just 28 runs in the first Test but in more painful strikes for the team, he dropped three catches.
On the other end of the scenario, young Ollie Pope made his first class debut in last year March and has been running a sensational form for Surrey since then, averaging 85 in the County Championship.
He came close to selector’s eye scoring a match winning unbeaten half century against India A at Worcester last month.
New selector Ed Smith said upon the selections, “Dawid Malan drops out of the squad for Lord’s. Dawid has not found his best rhythm this season, and it may be that his game is better suited to overseas conditions.”
“Ollie has made an exceptional start to his first-class career. He has reached a 1,000 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,” he said about Popes.
“Ben Stokes is unavailable, but Chris Woakes, with some extra matches and practices under his belt, can now return to the England squad after injury.”