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Malan, Stokes out of England cricket squad for 2nd Test

Dawid Malan has paid the price for his poor run of scores for England by getting dropped for the second cricket Test against India at Lord’s, with uncapped 20-year-old Ollie Pope called up as a replacement. The other change to the 13-man squad was expected, with Ben Stokes out because he is attending a court in England from Monday on a charge of affray. Fellow all-rounder Chris Woakes (
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Pope has hit three centuries in English domestic cricket this summer, with a top score of 158 not out, and made an unbeaten half-century in the second-string England Lions’ win over India A last month.

It is another bold call from recently appointed national selector Ed SmithAP

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