Ollie Pope ready to emulate England team mate Sam Curran


Rising star Sam Curran has put himself in the spotlight as one of England's best hopes to make up for the absence of Ben Stokes in the Lord's Test against India.

Ahead of the Test match, newcomer Ollie Pope spoke about one of India's most potent weapons, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and said that it is not possible to play him with a premeditated mind.

"The way he (Curran) played last week can give me the confidence to know I can do it", Pope told reporters at Lord's on Tuesday.

Coach Trevor Bayliss echoed England captain Joe Root's glowing praise for 20-year-old all-rounder Curran, although he acknowledged Stokes will be missed when England try to consolidate the 1-0 lead they earned so brilliantly in a thrilling series opener at Edgbaston. He has scored 684 Championship runs at a huge average of 85.50, including three centuries and a top score of 158 not out. 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.

Tendulkar, who made his debut against Pakistan as a 16-year-old in 1989 remembered his time as a rookie global. The English team has made 2 big changes to the winning XI as Ollie Pope has been called up to England's squad in place of Dawid Malan.

Pope's Surrey team-mate - and good friend - Sam Curran made his England debut earlier this year against Pakistan.

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

"You hear stories of some of the greats of the game, people like Alastair Cook".

"Hopefully I take my chance". "From the people I've spoken to, they've given me confidence". I had a flat tyre the day before so had to get a lift with a mate.

Asked if his experiences in Australia saw him go away a boy and return a man, Pope says: "That's a bit of a cliché!" I didn't feel like it was the first game of the year.

"I'd be lying if I said it wasn't a concern. losing plenty of wickets in quick succession", admitted Bayliss. "Four to six region, I don't think there's a massive difference in the way you play". That is the age when you don't see anything and just want to do well.

"Against this Indian side, where they bowl a lot of spin, there's not much difference between batting at four and six. When I bat at six sometimes I've been in the 10th over, other times I'm in for the second new ball", he added.