Pope given Overseas Placement in Sydney

Published: 5th October, 2017

Surrey’s young wicket keeper batsman Ollie Pope will spend his winter in Australia after receiving an Overseas Placement from the ECB.

The 19-year-old will play club cricket in the New South Wales Premier competition, in addition to practising with the New South Wales State squad and receiving specialist coaching. He will be joined by Sussex’s Delray Rawlins, Derbyshire’s Matt Critchley and Lancashire’s Matt Parkinson in Sydney.

Pope enjoyed a breakthrough summer for Surrey, playing a crucial role in Surrey’s white ball runs to the Royal London One-Day Cup final and Natwest T20 Blast quarter-finals. The youngster scored 118 runs in four 50 over innings and 253 runs in 13 innings in the Natwest T20 Blast.

That form saw him make his Specsavers County Championship debut against Middlesex in August before scoring his maiden century against Hampshire in the following match. He then made 50 in Surrey’s victory over Somerset at the Kia Oval and will now look to build on that form during his Australian summer.

David Parsons, the ECB’s Performance Director, explained: “By exposing talented young players to an unsupported, unstructured cricket programme in a challenging overseas environment, the aim of Overseas Placements is to develop the skills and also independence required to be a successful international cricketer.”

Elsewhere in Australia, Middlesex’s Max Holden and Somerset’s George Bartlett will undergo a similar experience in Perth with Glamorgan’s Andrew Salter and Hampshire’s Brad Taylor in Wellington, New Zealand.

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