Woakes replaces Stokes as England drop Malan


"Against this Indian side, where they bowl a lot of spin, I think there's not actually a massive difference", Pope claimed.

Stokes wished his colleagues well in a Twitter message accompanied by an Instagram photograph of all-rounder Sam Curran, like Pope a 20-year-old Surrey star, celebrating a wicket.

Pope has been in brilliant form for County Championship leaders Surrey this season, scoring 684 runs at a huge average of 85.50, including three centuries and a top score of 158 not out.

But if England decide to bat Pope in Malan's No 4 position, when the second Test starts on Thursday, he will be two places up the order from the number six berth he usually occupies at Surrey.

Malan is averaging 16.89 in his nine test matches since the Ashes series in Australia. Handed the wicketkeeping gloves and batting at five, Pope struck an unbeaten 50 of 71 balls in the second innings - and took three catches in the match to help the Lions pull off an impressive win.

"(But) the four innings, there were wickets falling left, right and centre.

ENGLAND SQUAD FOR THE 2nd TEST: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Jamie Porter, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes.

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As far as inspiration for a young batsman on the cusp of an global Test career goes, Sachin Tendulkar isn't a bad shout.

England unsurprisingly called up all-rounder Chris Woakes in Stokes's place Sunday. You play him like a normal off-spinner, (but) you've just got to watch him a bit closer out of the hand.

"I've played with since we were 14, 15. There are going to be tough moments but that's what you play for". He has reached a 1000 first class runs in just 15 matches and is the first division's stand-out batsman this season with 684 runs at 85.

Surrey's crop of exciting youngsters had already been highlighted by all-rounder Sam Curran - also 20 - whose man-of-the-match performance at Edgbaston had much to do with England going 1-0 up, and the call-up of his county colleague was another indication of director of cricket Alec Stewart's determination to produce not only a successful team, but players fit to move up to global level.

"I'm surprised but hopefully counties will still keep doing it", said Pope.

Root also went onto praise the youngster's performance for county side Surrey "I think he's performed exceptionally well this season in County Championship cricket", Root said. "From the people I've spoken to, they've given me confidence".

"But at other times it just made me know my game a bit better and learn about myself as a person, too".