England recalled Chris Woakes in place of Ben Stokes and brought in Ollie Pope to replace the dropped batsman Dawid Malan when they named a 13-man squad on Sunday for next week's second Test against India at Lord's.
Pope oozed with confidence on Tuesday as he faced the media, describing his I-was-there moment when Smith called to inform him of his selection for England in what is another fast-track to a national side that is undergoing transformation.
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 has struck three centuries for Division One leaders Surrey this season, batting at six, but is confident he will have no problems if he becomes an exact replacement for Malan at four in England's batting line-up. Sachin himself made his debut as a teenager and only matured with experience. Smith also picked uncapped pace bowler Jamie Porter, 25, who has taken wickets by the bucketful to help Surrey crown themselves champions in Division II first and then Division I past year.
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20-year-old Surrey batsman Oliver Pope has been given his maiden Test call-up as Dawid Malan has been dropped.
"I've played with Sam since we were 14 or 15", said Pope. I had a flat tyre the day before so had to get a lift with a mate. I've got the confidence in my own game to take the next step.
Pope, asked if he would be ready to bat at number four, replied: "If required, yes".
"I'm surprised but hopefully counties will still keep doing it", said Pope. You need to know what ball's coming down at you - you can't just premeditate an off-spinner with him. Especially against this India side, where they bowl a lot of spin.
"Obviously I did the right things at the club and they enjoyed having me", he said.
"When I bat at 6, I can be in (at the crease) in the tenth over or for the second new ball". I was game ready from the start, I found a bit of form and my method for now. "In the four to six region I don't think there's a massive difference in the way you play".При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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