Who is England's new Test player Ollie Pope?

Ruben Hill
August 8, 2018

"He's played some very important knocks under pressure for Surrey, and he's got a very good all-round game". Despite a deceptive green tinge, the pitch here has generally been flat in recent times and ahead of this match the ground staff have been working against the elements to keep the moisture levels up in the hottest, driest conditions in decades, a situation that may favour another Asian touring side.

The Virat Kohli and co. would have expected to have their full-strength squad for selection for the second Test but in all likelihood, not every single player will be available for selection for the Test that gets underway on August 9. "If we can make small improvements in certain areas, and add that to where we were good last week, we will see some improvements last week".

England haven't won against a team from the subcontinent in their past five attempts at Lord's, losing twice to Pakistan, once to India and playing out two draws against Sri Lanka.

Unfortunately, Bumrah, who is travelling with the team and bowling in the nets, is yet to recover fully as his thumb will need more time to heal.

But Root warned his players that they will need to take their chances after he was dropped on 21 and 51 by Dawid Malan in his first innings at Edgbaston - mistakes that threatened to cost England a game they eventually won by just 31 runs. That might play a big factor.

However, much of the focus will be on Pope who has been talked up as an England prospect after coming through the Lions setup. "We'll have to wait to see what the surface looks like tomorrow morning but ultimately on the last couple of occasions, whoever has played well in the first innings has managed to contain that threat through the rest of the game". It hurts when you are not scoring runs as well, the team is not doing well.

"I feel as a team we're just about there. You can't pinpoint exactly what the mindset is when a player goes out to bat". "But in the second innings he was being himself", he said.

"There must be a clear plan on how to face the first 20-30 balls, and more often than not that plan does not involve aggression". 'It was very skilful to be able to manipulate him off the strike and starve him of facing the majority of deliveries'.

England captain Joe Root explained the decision to have Pope bat at four, despite the Surrey batsman having batted at six in all his 15 first-class matches for his county, saying: "Ollie will come in and bat at four".

"You are cutting the amount of swing that the bowler can get by going further up and closer to the ball". I made my debut at the end of the 1990s and the England. "Playing an extra batsman here, I would consider a conservative move", he said.

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