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Surrey batsman Ollie Pope is set for England debut as England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced a 12-member squad for the second India vs England Test  starting August 9.

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Pope comes in for Dawid Malan, while Essex fast bowler Jamie Porter misses out from the initial 13-man squad.

“Ollie Pope will come in and bat at four,” said Root during a pre-match press conference at Lord’s on Wednesday.

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However, the replacement for Ben Stokes, unavailable for the second Test due to his on-going court case for affray, will only be known at the toss with Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes vying for the allrounder’s slot.

Pope is set to become the 686th Test player for England. The 20-year-old has been in brilliant form for County Championship leaders Surrey this season, scoring 684 runs at a huge average of 85.50, including three centuries and a top score of 158 not out. 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.

Root added: “He’s obviously batted at six for Surrey this season — but having seen him play a little bit, and the way his game is set up, I think it’s very much transferable to bat at number four in Test cricket.

“I know that might be seen as quite a big jump. But he’s obviously an exciting talent and, with the guys around him, I think he fits nicely into that position in our team.”

England 12-man squad: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (w), Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes.