England squad for the second Test against India at Lord's, August 9-13: Alastair Cook (Essex), Keaton Jennings (Lancashire), Joe Root (Yorkshire, capt), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire, wkt), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jamie Porter (Essex). "I had a flat tyre so I had to get a lift from a mate but I was in the auto on my own, saw Ed Smith's name pop up and I had an idea what it might be about". You play him like a normal off-spinner, you've just got to watch him a bit closer out of the hand. "I called my parents and had a quick chat with them and they were buzzing".
"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", Pope, who is averaging 85 for Surrey in the county championship this year, said.
"The selection panel believe that Ollie's performances and character suggest he is well-suited to worldwide cricket.' Pope has hit three championship hundreds this summer as well as an unbeaten half-century in England Lions" victory over India A.
Prior to that, the Surrey batsman was playing school cricket for Cranleigh. Pope, who promised to prepare a proper gameplan if selected for the Test, also spoke about Sam Curran and how he gets confidence from watching him succeed. I've played a lot of cricket (at Lord's) and I was here on the first morning of the Pakistan Test.
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'I'm careful to not get too carried away but he has a plan of where he wants to evolve his game. It's not like it hasn't been done before.
"I don't think it'll be any different for India". When I bat at six sometimes I come in in the 10th over and sometimes I come in with the second new ball. But massively. I had to stand on my own two feet. I didn't have a coach, so I had to work things out by myself, whether that was technical or asking people to chuck balls at me. "Dawid has not found his best rhythm this season, and it may be that his game is better suited to overseas conditions", he said. But I feel confident in my game and I feel like I'm obviously on the back of some form.
We've both played a fair bit of county cricket now and things have gone on an upward spiral. "There are going to be tough moments but that's what you play for", he added. "In the four to six region I don't think there's a massive difference in the way you play".