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Ollie Pope holds place in England squad for third Test, despite injured shoulder

Ollie Pope will have scans on right shoulder on Monday, Dan Lawrence remains only spare batter

Matt Roller
Matt Roller
02-Jul-2023
Ollie Pope hurt his right shoulder in the field, England vs Australia, 2nd Ashes Test, Lord's, 1st day, June 28, 2023

Ollie Pope hurt his right shoulder in the field  •  Associated Press

Ollie Pope has been retained in England's squad for the third men's Ashes Test at Headingley on Thursday despite sustaining shoulder injuries in both of Australia's innings at Lord's.
Pope will undergo scans on his right shoulder on Monday after England's 43-run defeat in the second Test, ESPNcricinfo understands. England are due to travel to Leeds tomorrow and Pope's status ahead of the third Test will become clearer after his scans.
He jarred the shoulder on the first day of the match, leaving the field for the rest of Australia's first innings, and appeared to worsen it in their second innings after England were told that they would not be permitted to use a substitute fielder.
Dan Lawrence remains the only spare batter in England's squad and, in the event that Pope is not deemed fit to play in Leeds, he would be expected to replace Pope in a like-for-like switch at No. 3. Ben Foakes, the Surrey wicketkeeper, is again overlooked.
England hope that Moeen Ali will be able to play a full part in the third Test after resting his finger and Rehan Ahmed, who was added to the squad for the Lord's Test as cover, has dropped out of the squad.
Matthew Potts, the Durham seamer who played six Tests last year, has also been left out. Chris Woakes and Mark Wood are the other seam-bowling options in the squad, beyond the four fast bowlers who played at Lord's.
England had hoped to pick Wood in the second Test, but selected Josh Tongue in his place when Wood deemed himself unfit for selection. Ben Stokes, England's captain, suggested Wood would be unleashed in Leeds after an extra week of build-up.
Stokes himself bowled a 12-over spell in Australia's second innings as he continues to manage a chronic left-knee injury. "It's pretty obvious I've been carrying this knee problem for a while," he said. "I'm picking my moments to bowl."
He also insisted that England could come back from two-nil down to win the series. "It's actually very exciting to know that the way in which we are playing our cricket couldn't be more perfect for the situation we find ourselves in," Stokes said.
"We have to win these three games to get this urn back. We're a team who are obviously willing to put ourselves out there and do things against the narrative. Now, these three games are a better opportunity than we've ever found ourselves in before."
Stokes cited England's previous series wins under his captaincy as evidence that they could win three games in a row. "We won three-nil against New Zealand. We won three-nil against Pakistan in Pakistan. We've won three games in a row twice; all we're thinking about is winning the series 3-2."
England squad for third Ashes Test: Ben Stokes (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Dan Lawrence, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Josh Tongue, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98