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Ollie Pope plans to replicate Curran’s class in Test arena

Ollie Pope plans to replicate Curran’s class in Test arena

Tendulkar, who made his debut against Pakistan as a 16-year-old in 1989 remembered his time as a rookie worldwide. Likewise last year: if someone told me I was going to make my Championship debut last year, I wouldn't have believed them.

Despite a meteoric rise, Pope insists he is ready for the five-day game and referenced Cook, who scored a century at 21, and fellow 20-year-old Curran, who starred with bat and ball against India last week in just his second Test.

"I've played with Sam since we were 14 or 15", said Pope.

On the other end of the scenario, young Ollie Pope made his first class debut in previous year March and has been running a sensational form for Surrey since then, averaging 85 in the County Championship. So I think it was a pretty invaluable experience.

"The selection panel believe that Ollie's performances and character suggest he is well-suited to global cricket.' Pope has hit three championship hundreds this summer as well as an unbeaten half-century in England Lions" victory over India A.

"From that moment I hardly remember the conversation, just that it was a good one".

Barring an unexpected tactical switch Pope will line up at number four at Lord's, despite regularly batting two places lower for the Brown Caps.

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It is somewhat ironic considering Pope's improvement over the winter, that just last month, after a review of funding, the European Central Bank confirmed it was cutting the Overseas Placement programme that allowed him to play in Australia.

After announcing the squad for the first game, the chairman of selectors Ed Smith had said that "Chris Woakes needed a little more time to regain full form".

"I know the hotel we'll stay in the night before - I know where I need to be and when I need to be there". "Especially against this Indian side".

"Everyone always says if you're good enough, your old enough", said Pope.

"When I bat at 6, I can be in (at the crease) in the tenth over or for the second new ball. In the four to six region I don't think there's a massive difference in the way you play".

"I'd be lying if I said it wasn't a concern. losing plenty of wickets in quick succession", admitted Bayliss.

Knocks of 149 and 51 in India's defeat to England in the first Test at Edgbaston have taken him above the former Australia captain, still banned from global cricket over his role in the ball-tampering scandal on the tour of South Africa in March.