Uncapped Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes included in the England Test squad for second game at Lords

England have announced their 13-man squad for the second game of the series that will be played at Lords Cricket Ground. Joe Root and co. won the opening game at Edgbaston by 31 runs. Uncapped batsman Ollie Pope has been included in the Test squad as Dawid Malan has been dropped from the side due to poor run this summer.

All-rounder Chris Woakes also makes his return to the Test squad as a replacement for Ben Stokes, who is set to miss the game at Lords due to court hearing related to an incident that took place in Bristol last year. Ollie Pope has shown excellent form in the English County Championship for Sussex and has scored 684 runs at an average of 85.5 with three centuries to his name.

England Chief Selector Ed Smith said that Pope is an exciting prospect who has tremendously well in the English County Championship. Smith stated that completing 1,000 runs in 15 first-class matches is clearly a sign that Pope can certainly excel at the international level.  Dawid Malan had a poor run of form against Pakistan and then India at Edgbaston has been dropped from the side.

Chris Woakes has fully recovered from a knee injury and will be available for England for the second Test at Lords. Ben Stokes has not been selected as he will go to a court hearing regarding an incident that occurred at Bristol in September last year. He was given a six-month suspension following his inappropriate conduct and also missed Ashes series held in Australia.

Moeen Ali and Jamie Porter are notable absentees from the Test squad and will be playing for county sides in the English County Championship. Adil Rashid is the lone spinner for England for the second Test.

England’s squad for 2nd Test against India: Joe Root (captain), Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow, Alastair Cook, Jamie Porter, Moeen Ali, Keaton Jennings.

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