Ollie Pope being backed to make impact in Cape Town

Fit-again England batsman in-line for starting place

Newlands cricket ground in Cape Town

England batsman Ollie Pope is being backed to make an immediate impact if selected for the second Test against South Africa.

Pope is fit again after being hit by the illness that swept through the touring squad before the first Test.

England fell to a 107-run loss in Centurion and could now make changes as they look to level the series in Cape Town on Friday.

South Africa are favourites at 2.05 (21/20) with 10Cric to take a 2-0 lead, while England are priced at 2.30 (13/10) to hit back. The draw is at 7.00 (6/1).

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However, it is the inclusion of Pope that adds some extra spice to the betting markets.

The Surrey man has been backed into 7.50 (13/2) with some firms to be England’s top batsman in the first innings but is still available with 10Cric at a tempting 8.50 (15/2).

That comes after Pope declared himself “ready to go” should he get selected for the second Test.

“It's not really my shout, but if I get the nod I'll be ready to go,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

On the illness bug that hit the camp last week, he added: “It couldn't have come at a worse time really with the Test match but luckily I'm feeling alright now,” he said.

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