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

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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.

Pope's first taste of being around the England squad came back in May when the hosts played Pakistan at Lord's, with the right-hander invited to spend the first day of the first Test with the team. Pope, who promised to prepare a proper gameplan if selected for the Test, also spoke about Sam Curran and how he gets confidence from watching him succeed. The 30-year-old left hander made 8 and 20 in the 31-run win over India in the first test at Edgbaston and also missed three catches.

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

The top-order batsman, who has played just 15 first-class matches, would love the chance to prove in London, as Curran did in Birmingham, the old adage that "if you're good enough you're old enough" right.

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Tendulkar, who made his debut against Pakistan as a 16-year-old in 1989 remembered his time as a rookie global. The only time that Pope has ventured above No 6 in first-class cricket was at No 5 for England Lions against India A last month.

The 20-year-old is in line to make his maiden global appearance at the home of cricket after replacing batsman Dawid Malan in the 13-man squad for the match.

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

"I've got no concerns about it - Ben has no concerns about it (either)", added Bayliss.

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Whatever style of bowling he is asked to confront first-up, Pope said that he doesn't suffer "massively" from nerves and this week he will practise his customary use of visualisation as a technique to overcome them. "I called my parents and had a quick chat with them and they were buzzing".

'I'm careful to not get too carried away but he has a plan of where he wants to evolve his game. You need to know what ball's coming down at you - you can't just premeditate an off-spinner with him. I didn't feel like it was the first game of the year. "Four to six region, I don't think there is a massive difference in the way you play".

"I don't think it'll be any different for India".

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