England's Malan dropped for second Test as Pope and Woakes come in

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Ahead of this year's county season, Pope was named in the South squad for the North-South series in the Caribbean, which features some the best young talent from all 18 counties. Another threat to Woakes is the sensational left-arm fast bowler Sam Curran who was also the man of the match in the first Test against India.

The Middlesex batsman leaves Test cricket for now with an average of 27.84 from his 15 Tests, with a notable high of an Ashes hundred on the recent tour of Australia. Dawid Malan failed to make big and scored just 28 runs in the first test and this poor performance lead to an exit of the player from the squad.

Still only 20, Curran starred with both bat and ball as England celebrated its 1,000th Test with a 31-run win at Edgbaston, taking four for 74 in India's first innings and hitting a maiden Test fifty to rescue the host from the depths of 87 for seven in its second innings.

ENGLAND SQUAD FOR THE 2nd TEST: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Jamie Porter, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes.

England unsurprisingly called up all-rounder Chris Woakes in Stokes's place Sunday. Just knowing I'm not one of the first ones to play when I'm young or after not a huge amount of games. You play him like a normal off-spinner, you've just got to watch him a bit closer out of the hand.

"Of course you learn by watching, and how they go about practice but you have to be proactive".

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"They want the ball - they want to do the batting".

Smith said: "Ollie Pope has made an exceptional start to his first-class career".

Pope, who attended prep school in Haslemere and was one of many youngsters who rose through the colts section at Guildford - Martin Bicknell, Ashley Giles, Rikki Clarke and Jade Dernbach are among the others - has only played 15 County Championship matches, yet England showed their interest by asking him to train with the squad during the England v Pakistan Test at Lord's earlier in the summer and then selected him for the Lions, where he scored a half-century and kept tidily.

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

Surrey's director of cricket Alec Stewart, speaking to ESPN Cricinfo: "He's got a lot of talent, he's mentally strong and a quick learner". He wants to get better and will get better.

"I've had a good season so far", Pope told the media. "We have gone through the same path and the way he played last week gives me confidence to know I can do that too. I hope that will stand him in really good stead".

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