Pope ready to emulate England team mate Curran

Cricket | Steve James August 3 2018 5:00pm The Times Too many left-handers? No — just too few other options Steve James

Cricket | Steve James August 3 2018 5:00pm The Times Too many left-handers? No — just too few other options Steve James

He was at least able to make amends with a sharp low catch to remove Dinesh Karthik six balls into the final day.

Pope made his Surrey first-team debut in the County Championship in August 2017 against Middlesex at The Oval, in the infamous match that was abandoned after a crossbow was sacked on to the pitch after tea during the final day's play.

England coach Trevor Bayliss believes Sam Curran's competitive attitude will serve him well as the all-rounder looks to build on his first-Test heroics against India.

Pope has not been as productive in white-ball cricket, managing just one half-century in eight innings in the One-Day Cup this season.

Still only 20, Curran starred with both bat and ball as England celebrated its 1,000th Test with a 31-run win at Edgbaston, taking four for 74 in India's first innings and hitting a maiden Test fifty to rescue the host from the depths of 87 for seven in its second innings.

It has been a blur for Pope, 20, who got into Surrey's first eleven for first-class games only late last season, and has been prolific for the side, leaders of the championship this season.

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. They have now replaced Stokes with fellow pace-bowling all-rounder Woakes, who missed out on a Test at his Warwickshire home ground because of concerns he had not then bowled enough overs following a return from a knee injury.

"I've played with him since we were 14 or 15 - as soon as he came over from Zimbabwe - and we've gone through the same path. There are going to be tough moments but that's what you play for". Pope has scored 684 runs at an average of 85.50 with three centuries this season and played for England Lions in the win over India A last month.

National selector Ed Smith, who has already made a clutch of bold calls since beginning his tenure this summer, has again placed his faith in youth by selecting Pope.

"The selection panel believe that Ollie's performances and character suggest he is well-suited to global cricket.' Pope has hit three championship hundreds this summer as well as an unbeaten half-century in England Lions" victory over India A.

"The way he [Curran] played last week can give me confidence to know I can do it", Pope said on Tuesday.

"I got to know the guys a bit better - and also I now know what it's like on the morning of the first Test at Lord's".

"I've had a good season so far".

"I didn't really take them in, because you don't want to get your hopes up too high or you'll get let down".

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