Woakes replaces Stokes as England drop Malan

Ollie Pope has enjoyed an excellent season so far for Surrey

Ollie Pope has enjoyed an excellent season so far for Surrey

Now Pope, who has played just 15 first-class matches, would love the chance to prove, as Curran did in Birmingham, the old adage that "if you're good enough you're old enough" right.

Dawid Malan was England's number four then, but, having been dropped after a poor performance at Edgbaston, his role could now be filled by Pope, who bats at six for his county. "It will be pretty special walking out, if I get the nod".

Tendulkar, who made his debut against Pakistan as a 16-year-old in 1989 remembered his time as a rookie worldwide. I read an article or two that I was tagged in on Twitter, clicked out of curiosity.

He also added that team management has made a decision 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.

■ VIRAT KOHLI has replaced Steve Smith as the world's best Test batsman, according to the latest International Cricket Council player rankings. "If someone told me I'd be in the squad for the second Test at Lord's at the start of the season, I wouldn't have really believed them", he said. You hear stories of the greats of the game, people like Alastair Cook made his debut, I think he was 21.

"From that moment I hardly remember the conversation, all I remember is it was a good one".

The right-hander is the second highest run-scorer in County Championship Division One this season, with 684 at an average of 85.50. "I feel confident in my game and ready for the next step".

"I don't think it'll be any different for India".

"When I bat at six I can be in in the 10th over or for the second new ball".

"Playing week in, week out on Saturdays and Sundays, getting to know my game better, that is massive for a young lad to do when you're trying to find your way in the game". Just being on your own two feet and getting to know your strengths and weaknesses, learning from your dismissals and the games you play well in and score runs in.

After announcing the squad for the first game, the chairman of selectors Ed Smith had said that "Chris Woakes needed a little more time to regain full form. Four to six region, I don't think there's a massive difference in the way you play".

"I've played with him since we were 14, 15 - as soon as he came over from Zim (Zimbabwe) - and we've gone through the same path".

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