India vs England, Lord's Test: Former greats call for Pujara's inclusion

Ruben Hill
August 8, 2018

In-play clips and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app. In the English squad, Dawid Malan has been axed giving way for young batsman Ollie Pope. Chris Woakes is set to replace Stokes & Moeen Ali might come in for out of favour Dawid Malan. If the case is adjourned for a later date, Stokes will be added to the Test squad.

Jasprit Bumrah, recovering from a thumb injury, has been ruled out of the second Test at Lord's starting Thursday (August 9).

Pope made his first-class debut in March 2017 and has only played 15 matches, while he has never batted in the top five in championship cricket.

"Ollie Pope has made an exceptional start to his first-class career", said national selector Ed Smith, who described him as the "standout batsman" in Division One.

He also added that team management has chose to drop Dawid Malan for the Lord's test. "Dawid has not found his best rhythm this season, and it may be that his game is better suited to overseas condition", Smith said.

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

"The selection panel believe that Ollie's performances and character suggest he is well suited to worldwide cricket", he said about Popes.

The circumstances of Kohli's maiden century in England were far removed from those of Tendulkar's, way back in 1990, when as a 17-year-old, he scored his first Test hundred against any opponent to save the second Test at Old Trafford and win the Man-of-the-Match award.

Although he took three catches at Edgbaston, he also dropped three, including Virat Kohli on 21.

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