Gulf News – London: Ollie Pope will make his England debut batting at the No.

Summary

  • London: Ollie Pope will make his England debut batting at the No.
  • The 20-year-old Surrey rising star is a direct replacement for Middlesex left-hander Dawid Malan, dropped after two low scores in England’s 31-run win in the first Test at Edgbaston last week.
  • “Ollie Pope will come in and bat at four,” said Root during a pre-match press conference at Lord’s on Wednesday.
  • Pope only made his first-class debut in March last year and has been called into the Test squad on the back of a mere 15 matches, while he has never batted in the top five in County Championship cricket.
  • Root added: “He’s obviously batted at six for Surrey this season – but having seen him play a little bit, and the way his game is set up, I think it’s very much transferable to bat at number four in Test cricket.


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