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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.

Malan had a frightful outing at Edgbaston as he managed 28 runs across the two innings for England.

Toss is yet to take place and so we are still unaware of the playing XI of both the teams.

"I know the hotel we'll stay in the night before - I know where I need to be and when I need to be there".

According to ECB, Surrey middle-order batsman Ollie Pope replaces Middlesex's Dawid Malan and Warwickshire seamer Chris Woakes returns to the squad in place of Durham's Ben Stokes, who faces a court hearing this coming week in Bristol.

The 20-year-old Pope represents Sussex in County Championship and is the second-highest run-getter in the Divison One this season scoring 684 at an excellent average of 85.50 including three centuries and a top-score of 158 not out.

England has made only two changes from the squad which was picked for the 1st Test. "From the people I've spoken to, they've given me confidence".

His name was floating around Edgbaston with growing expectation as Dawid Malan's struggles continued and Pope had seen media reports suggesting he was on the cusp of selection.

So young is Pope that he lists Cook and England skipper Joe Root, two men he will be sharing a dressing-room with at Lord's this week, as childhood heroes.

"Everyone always says if you're good enough, your old enough", said Pope.

The last time a day's Test play was washed out completely at Lord's came 17 years ago when the scheduled opening day of the first Test against Pakistan was abandoned on May 17 2001.

Pope also scored 50 for England Lions in their four-day win against India A by 253 runs at the end of July, at New Road.

He said: "It was good to get around the team for the day then". I think the four-to-six region, I don't think there's a massive difference in the way you play.

Pope, asked if he would be ready to bat at No 4, replied: "If required, yes".

"Obviously I did the right things at the club and they enjoyed having me", he said.

The last time England were at Lord's against Pakistan in May, Pope spent the first day of the Test around the team to get a feel for the worldwide set-up.

"It's not massively different".


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