Published: 12th February, 2019
Surrey batsmen Ollie Pope and Will Jacks both contributed with the bat as England Lions sealed a draw in their first four-day Test with India A in Wayanad.
Batting at seven, Jacks hit 63 in the first innings of the match as England made 340. Pope then copied his teammate in the second innings with a 63 of his own.
That 214/5 in the second innings saved the match for England after India registered 540/6 before declaring. Jacks was there as stumps was called on the final day, having reached 13 from 31 balls.
That had been a much more conservative innings from the 20-year-old than the 114-ball effort that came on the opening day. Of his 63 runs there, 40 of them came through boundaries as Jacks typically played on the counterattack to the Indian attack as he saw wickets falling around him. He was eventually the ninth man out, having spotted that he was running out of partners.
Pope scored just eight runs from number four in that innings but put that right at the second attempt, also clocking up 10 boundaries. The only difference to Jacks’ innings was that he ate up eight more balls with England seeking to close out the fourth day.
The second and final Test between England Lions and India A begins on Wednesday 13th February. We’ll keep you up to date with the progress of Pope and Jacks on our social media channels.