The 20-year-old Pope is a middle-order batsman for Surrey who has enjoyed a stellar start to the 2018 season - only his second in first-class cricket.
Pope made his Surrey first-team debut in the County Championship in August 2017 against Middlesex at The Oval, in the infamous match that was abandoned after a crossbow was sacked on to the pitch after tea during the final day's play. Another threat to Woakes is the sensational left-arm fast bowler Sam Curran who was also the man of the match in the first Test against India.
England lead the five-match series 1-0 after a 31-run victory in the first Test at Edgbaston last week.
England national selector, Ed Smith: "Ollie Pope has made an exceptional start to his first-class career". While his domestic form caught the eye, as well as regular performances in the Young Lions squads during 2016/17, the England management were struck by his maturity during the two matches he played in the North-South series in pre-season, scoring 110 runs across both innings.
They went into those three games on the back of wins against Middlesex and Essex last weekend, the first thanks to an astonishing display of power-hitting from Aaron Finch and Jason Roy. Surrey looked outsiders after Paul Stirling took advantage of being dropped off the first ball of the game to hammer 109 in 58 balls so that the visitors reached 221-5.
Full squad: Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Jamie Porter, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes. You find out what you want to know.
"The selection panel believe Ollie's performances and character suggest he is well suited to worldwide cricket". Smith also picked uncapped pace bowler Jamie Porter, 25, who has taken wickets by the bucketful to help Surrey crown themselves champions in Division II first and then Division I a year ago.
"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". Now, well into his thirties, Best played his last competitive game nearly a year ago. He wants to get better and will get better.
"I've had a good season so far". He has showed this year and last year that he is a consistent run scorer and now he needs to transfer those skills and runs on to a higher level. "From the people I've spoken to, they've given me confidence".
"I'd be lying if I said it wasn't a concern ... losing plenty of wickets in quick succession", he added.