India vs England Lord’s Test: Ollie Pope released from the England squad ahead of the second test

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England’s middle-order batsman Ollie Pope has been released from the Test squad for the India vs England Lord’s test. He will play for Surrey club against Derbyshire in the final of the group stage of the Royal London Cup.

Ollie Pope was ruled out of the first test due to injury & was replaced by Jonny Bairstow in the playing XI. He has averaged over 60 in the first-class matches in 2021 & had a fruitful campaign in the Vitality T20 Blast, by averaging 42 across five matches. Pope suffered an unfortunate injury while fielding for surrey club in the T20 Blast match against Kent in July.

Earlier on Monday, England Coach Chris Silver wood hinted that Ollie Pope, Haseeb Hameed & Moeen Ali were in contention for a spot for India vs England Lord’s Test. It is yet to be seen whether Hameed or Moeen Ali could make it into the playing eleven. Meanwhile, Pope will have to venture back into the domestic circuit at least until the third test match.

England’s top-order batsmen Rory Burns, Dom Sibley & Zak Crawley are not doing justice to their spots in the Playing XI & the responsibility to balance the batting order comes on bench players including Ollie Pope. Though Pope didn’t have a memorable home series against New Zealand, then to he was promoted to the top order. He was previously seen as a lower middle-order batter bur his technique didn’t go well for the lower middle-order role.

Ollie Pope has amassed 882 runs after playing 19 tests & has an average of 31.5. his highest score of 135 came against South Africa. He has registered five test fifties on his name. Ollie Pope has gone through a rough patch with no scores over 35 in the last eight tests he has played. He played four out of eight tests during England’s tour of India earlier this year.

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