Ollie Pope inspired to follow Sam Curran's lead on England Test debut

Last Updated August 07 2018, 12:16Cricket
Ollie Pope
Ollie Pope

Rookie batsman Ollie Pope is confident he can follow Sam Curran's lead and make a smooth transition to the Test arena.

Pope looks certain to make his Test debut for England against India this week, replacing the dropped Dawid Malan, after just 15 first-class matches.

Curran is more than four months younger than his county team-mate but announced himself on the big stage with a man-of-the-match showing in England's series-opening win at Edgbaston.

"The way he played last week can give me confidence to know I can do it," said Pope.

"I've played with him since we were 14 or 15 - as soon as he came over from Zimbabwe - and we've gone through the same path.

"I've had a good season so far. I have confidence in my own game to take the next step. You hear stories of some of the greats of the game, people like Alastair Cook. I think he was 20 when he made his debut, so it's not like it hasn't been done before."

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

Asked if he would take on the challenge, he said: "If required, yes. Especially against this India side, where they bowl a lot of spin.

"It's not massively different. When I bat at six sometimes I've been in the 10th over, other times I'm in 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."

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