Published: 8th February, 2018
Surrey wicket keeper batsman Ollie Pope is looking forward to working with the legendary Mark Ramprakash whilst at the impending North v South series in the West Indies.
Pope was called up this week to replace Hampshire all-rounder Liam Dawson after a successful winter on an ECB Overseas Placement with Campbelltown-Camden CC in Sydney, for whom he has already scored over 500 runs, including two centuries. He joins Surrey all-rounder Sam Curran, who was recently named in the first iteration of the squad.
As well as Ramprakash, one of the club’s finest modern players who hit 61 centuries in his 11 years at the club, Pope will also get the chance to work with former England Head Coach Andy Flower, now in charge of the England Lions programme and also involved in the North v South series.
“It was good to get the ‘phone call, and it’s something a bit different to look forward to at the end of the winter”, said Pope. “The South squad seems to have a good mix between some experienced county players and a few younger faces, so it will be good to link up with them.
“I got to know Mark Ramprakash quite well with England Under-19s in India last winter so it will be good to work with him again, and also to have the chance to work with Andy Flower who we met briefly in Dubai.”
Before heading to the Caribbean, Pope will complete his stint in Sydney – and he’s keen to use his good form to ensure Campbelltown-Camden have a strong end to the Australian summer.
“I’ve still got another four weeks out here in Sydney which means two more two-day games”, he concluded. “We’re going well in the table, especially considering the team came rock bottom last year. It’s a shame we haven’t been able to get over the line from strong positions in the last couple of weeks.”
Both teams will play a warm-up game on March 15th before the three-match series at the Kensington Oval in Barbados on March 18, 21 and 23.
Full South Squad
Sam Northeast (Kent, captain)
Daniel Bell-Drummond (Kent)
Nick Gubbins (Middlesex)
Daniel Lawrence (Essex)
Delray Rawlins (Sussex)
Ollie Pope (Surrey)
John Simpson (Middlesex, wk)
Sam Curran (Surrey)
Paul Walter (Essex)
Dom Bess (Somerset)
Tom Helm (Middlesex)
Jamie Porter (Essex)
George Garton (Sussex)