Rookie Ollie Pope to make his Test debut against India at Lord's

Surrey’s Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes replace Dawid Malan and Ben Stokes respectively

Surrey’s Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes replace Dawid Malan and Ben Stokes respectively

Surrey's Ollie Pope will make his worldwide debut on Thursday after being named in England's XI for the second Test against India at Lord's. "So we really need to look at any change in strategy depending on the wicket", he said here on Tuesday.

Sehwag, however, was quick to add that Pujara should be recalled to the side in place of Rahul should the Karnataka batsman fail to deliver the goods at Lord's.

The pacer had suffered an injury to his thumb of his non-bowling hand in the first T20I against Ireland in Malahide while looking to stop a ball on his run-up. "But in the second innings he was being himself", he said.

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"He (Burmrah) is bowling fit right now but it's too early to put him into a game-like situation". The plaster on his hand needs to come off first.

The Virat Kohli and co. would have expected to have their full-strength squad for selection for the second Test but in all likelihood, not every single player will be available for selection for the Test that gets underway on August 9.

The fact that the Indian cricket team had a less than impressive showing with the bat at Edgbaston has led to some clamour among experts and fans alike to bring Cheteshwar Pujara back into the playing XI. "If the conditions are not going to be as (bowler) friendly as they were in the first Test, it makes more sense to play five bowlers".

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