England name squad for second Test against India

Ollie Pope of England Lions celebrates reachingb his 50 during Day Three of the Tour Match between England Lions and India A at New Road

"The selection panel believes that Ollie's performances and character suggest he is well suited to worldwide cricket", ECB National Selector Ed Smith said in a statement.

England youngster Ollie Pope is in line for his Test debut, batting at number four, should play finally get under way on Friday, replacing Dawid Malan.

But nothing fazes 20-year-old Ollie Pope who says he is already "in the zone" thanks to some visualisation techniques.

Ben Stokes, who misses the second Test on account of his trail for affray, has been replaced by Chris Woakes while rest of the squad remains unchanged. Pope has been prime form in the Division one of England's ongoing County Championship.

Middlesex batsman Malan has been short of runs this summer, with only 74 in five Test innings - after which Smith appears to have indicated an extended absence may be in the offing.

"I think I've had a good season so far and from the people I've spoken to, they've given me the confidence in my own game to take the next step". While Clarke has also enjoyed a decent county season - with three centuries, 621 runs and an average of 44.35 - he struggled against spin bowling on England Lions' tour of the Caribbean over the winter. "The selection panel believe that Ollie's performances and character suggest he is well suited to global cricket".

Pope's promotion is one of two changes, with the other enforced as Chris Woakes returns in place of Ben Stokes.

AnalysisBBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew on BBC Radio 5 liveEverything Ed Smith is touching is turning to gold at the moment and he has once again taken a punt on youth.Pope caught the eye previous year as a one-day innovator.

"But in an England shirt, one of the things he has done distinctively is play very well in very alien conditions - so I wanted to reaffirm to him that one of the things we are looking at is having the right players for the right conditions".

Should Pope be picked in England's final 11, he will become the third person in a year to debut for the Test side after playing Sydney grade cricket.

Joe Root, the England captain, is confident of England's plans against Virat Kohli, but reminded his men that it was vital that they take every half-chance they create when it comes to the Indian star. "You need to know what balls coming down at you - you can't just premeditate an off-spinner like him", he said, about the prospect of facing Ashwin.

"That made that day a pretty valuable experience".

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