A batsman who graduated from the Surrey Academy, Pope is now a central figure in England’s Test ambitions over the coming years.
Ollie Pope burst onto the scene in 2016, when he was surprisingly called up to play his debut in the Royal London One Day Cup Semi-Final as an 18-year-old.
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, Ollie was called up to make his Test debut against India at Lord’s.
A shoulder injury at the start of the 2019 summer threatened to spoil Pope’s season but after a faster than average recovery, Ollie made up for lost time scoring 561 runs at an average of 80.14 including a career-best 221 not out earning him a Test call up for the tours of New Zealand and South Africa.
That South Africa tour brought him his maiden Test century before more appearances against West Indies & Pakistan followed in the summer of 2020. After suffering another shoulder injury, Pope is now looking to make 2021 a year to remember.