Pope to bat at four for England

08 August 2018 09:25:32 EST
Jamie Porter has been omitted from the England side to face India at Lord's.

Surrey batsman Ollie Pope will make his England Test debut against India at Lord's, but Essex seamer Jamie Porter has missed out on an international bow.

Porter has been omitted from the Three Lions side after being named in the 13-man squad for the clash, while one of either Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali will also miss out, depending on whether England opt to field two spinners.

He's obviously an exciting talent and, with the guys around him, I think he fits nicely into that position in our team.

Joe Root

Surrey right-hander Pope takes the place of Middlesex left-hander Dawid Malan for the second game of the five-match series, with England holding a 1-0 lead thanks to a 31-run victory at Edgbaston.

Pope has scored 684 runs at an average of 85.50 in County Championship Division One this summer, but will shift up from his Surrey spot at number six to bat at four for England.

England Test captain Joe Root told reporters: "Ollie will come in and bat at four.

"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 No.4 in Test cricket.

"I know that might be seen as quite a big jump, but he's obviously an exciting talent and, with the guys around him, I think he fits nicely into that position in our team."

Meanwhile, one of Moeen or Woakes will step in to replace absent all-rounder Ben Stokes, with the former only likely to get the nod if the hosts feel that conditions favour fielding two spinners, with Adil Rashid a certain starter.

England are 12/5 to win the second Test against India, with Pope priced at 6/1 to be top first innings batsman for the hosts.

An India victory, which would level the series at 1-1 with three games to play, is available at 11/2.

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