Malan makes way as Ollie Pope gets call up for Lord's Test

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Ollie Pope has made an exceptional start to his first class career.

When Pope, whose boyish demeanour somehow manages to make Joe Root look like a grizzled old campaigner, was told of Tendulkar's words in his first press conference in an England shirt, he thoughtfully agreed. He was dismissed for eight and 20 at Edgbaston and also shelled chances in the slips. Pope, who in common with county team-mate Sam Curran - the man-of-the-match at Edgbaston after starring with both bat and ball - is aged just 20, has been in fine form for Championship leaders Surrey this season.

Pope will use the example set by county team mate Sam Curran who shone in last week's first match of the series, his second test appearance, with a five-wicket haul in India's first innings and a crucial half century in England's second.

They went into those three games on the back of wins against Middlesex and Essex last weekend, the first thanks to an astonishing display of power-hitting from Aaron Finch and Jason Roy. Surrey looked outsiders after Paul Stirling took advantage of being dropped off the first ball of the game to hammer 109 in 58 balls so that the visitors reached 221-5.

Asked too if India may prove reliant on their captain Virat Kohli throughout the series, the England coach agrees - but points out England too have a nucleus of proven batsmen, alongside others yet to truly establish themselves.

"(But) the four innings, there were wickets falling left, right and centre. 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. You play him like a normal off-spinner, you've just got to watch him a bit closer out of the hand. "There are going to be tough moments but that's what you play for".

Malan's Test record is modest at best, as he averages just 27 as a top order batsman in the 15 Test matches he has played with a solitary century to his credit.

Surrey's crop of exciting youngsters had already been highlighted by all-rounder Sam Curran - also 20 - whose man-of-the-match performance at Edgbaston had much to do with England going 1-0 up, and the call-up of his county colleague was another indication of director of cricket Alec Stewart's determination to produce not only a successful team, but players fit to move up to worldwide level. "From the people I've spoken to, they've given me confidence".

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

"I'm really excited for him, he's like a kid in a sweet shop, I spoke to him this morning when he had just taken the phone call from Ed Smith and all his Christmases had come at once".

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