Following England’s win against India in the first Test in Birmingham by 31 runs, England named their squad for the second Test that begins at Lord’s on Thursday, August 9. Also Read - Naseem Shah's Nasty Bouncer Hits Chris Woakes Flush on The Helmet | WATCH VIDEO
The hosts made two changes – Chris Woakes and Ollie Pope in for Ben Stokes and Dawid Malan. Also Read - IPL 2020: Ben Stokes to Andre Russell, Full List of Players Who Could Miss First Few Matches of IPL 13 in UAE
Ben Stokes, who was on superb display against India in second innings, is left out due to his hearing in court, which is scheduled later this week. Chris Woakes, who missed the first Test after recovering from an injury is set to replace him. Also Read - IPL 2020 Updates: Rajasthan Royals Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler Could Miss in First Few Matches in UAE
Dawid Malan failed to impress in the previous match with scores of eight and 20 in the game and never looked settled at the crease. The 30-year-old also dropped a chance to dismiss Virat Kohli in the first innings and the visitors’ skipper went on to score 149.
Speaking about the selection of Pope as well as the exclusion of Stokes, England national selector Ed Smith said, “Ollie Pope has made an exceptional start to his first-class career. 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. The selection panel believes that Ollie’s performances and character suggest he is well suited to international cricket.
“Ben Stokes is unavailable, but Chris Woakes, with some extra matches and practices under his belt, can now return to the England squad after injury,” Smith added.
England’s squad to face India at Lord’s in the second test:
Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, Jimmy Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Jamie Porter, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes.