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Stokes wishes England newcomer Pope well

AFP  |  London 

Absent all-rounder sent best wishes to his England team-mates, in particular debutant batsman Ollie Pope, ahead of the second Test against at Lord's today.

Stokes was left out of England's squad's for the second Test because of his ongoing trial on a charge of affray in Bristol, having taken three wickets as the hosts completed a 31-run win at Edgbaston on Sunday to go 1-0 up in a five-match series.

The 27-year-old Stokes has denied the charge against him.

England confirmed on Wednesday that 20-year-old batsman Pope would make his debut at Lord's in place of the dropped Dawid Malan.

Stokes wished his colleagues well in a message accompanied by an photograph of all-rounder Sam Curran, like Pope a 20-year-old star, celebrating a wicket.

"Good luck to all the englandcricket lads today and for the rest of the week, always exciting seeing guys get there first opportunity, hope it goes for you well for you @opope32 #loveengland" wrote Stokes.

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 17:40 IST
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