A young wicket keeper batsman who has recently graduated from the Surrey Academy, Ollie Pope has had a breakthrough year in 2018 earning an England Test call-up.
In the 2017 season, Pope featured regularly in all formats of the game and was particularly impressive in white-ball cricket. Pope was Surrey’s third highest run scorer in the T20 Blast in that season, behind Jason Roy and Aaron Finch, scoring 27 boundaries in total.
It was in 2018 that he made such a huge impact on the Specsavers County Championship team. After early season centuries against Hampshire & Yorkshire, the 20-year-old was called up to make his Test debut against India at Lord’s.
He returned to Surrey for the end of the season and ended the year as the third highest run scorer in Division One, with 986 runs to his name.
A career-best 251 came against the MCC in Dubai at the start of the 2019 season but a shoulder injury has curtailed his progress and looks likely to leave him out for much of this summer.