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England squad for the second Test against India announced

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England have made two changes to the squad for the second Test against India at Lord’s, which commences on Thursday (August 9).

The selectors have dropped Dawid Malan and called up Ollie Pope in his place.

Malan’s place was considered to be under threat after scores of 8 and 20 in England’s thrilling 31-run victory in the first Test at Edgbaston and Pope could now be in line for a Test debut.

Also Chris Woakes has been brought back into the squad in place of Ben Stokes, who will miss the second instalment of the five-Test series to attend a court hearing this week in Bristol.

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Pope has been in fine form for his county, who lead the County Championship Division One. The hot prospect has amassed 684 runs in the Championship this season, at an average of 85.50, which includes three centuries.

Meanwhile, Woakes, who has battled with right quad and knee injuries, has sufficiently recovered to take his place after being eased back by Warwickshire.

England squad for second Test:

Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, Jimmy Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Jamie Porter, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes

This article was first published on The Cricket Times.
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