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England's James Anderson, meanwhile, has retained his position as the top-ranked Test bowler.

After all-rounder Sam Curran's sensational show in the Edgbaston Test against India, in only his second Test, his Surrey teammate, middle-order batsman Ollie Pope, has also been rewarded for his splendid showing in Country cricket. "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.

He also made an unbeaten fifty for the second-string England Lions in a 253-run win over India A in a first-class fixture at Worcester last month.

Pope, 20, is considered to be one of the brightest prospects in English cricket now and he has already scored 1012 runs in 15 first-class games for Surrey. 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 20-year-old Oliver John Douglas Pope, commonly know as Ollie Pope has been elevated to England's national cricket team after his outstanding continuous performance in domestic cricket.

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"I understand some people might think it's a bit early or "la di da".

On the other end of the scenario, young Ollie Pope made his first class debut in past year March and has been running a sensational form for Surrey since then, averaging 85 in the County Championship.

We've both played a fair bit of county cricket now and things have gone on an upward spiral.

"You hear of stories of some of the greats in the game, people like Cook, when they made their debut".

He said: "It was good to get around the team for the day then".

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Pope, asked if he would be ready to bat at number four, replied: "If required, yes".

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". It's not like it hasn't been done before, hopefully I take my chance.

"I'd be lying if I said it wasn't a concern ... losing plenty of wickets in quick succession", he added. They bowl a lot of spin, so I don't think there's a massive difference. You need to know what balls are coming down at you, you can't just premeditate an off-spinner with him.

"When I bat at six some games I've been in in the 10th over, other games I've come in for the second new ball".

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