Former England Skipper Andrew Strauss heaped praise on Ollie Pope’s batting technique. He labels Pope the real finding for England. Strauss’ remark came after the middle-order-batsman scored 91 runs in the first innings of the ongoing third Test match against West Indies in Manchester
Ollie Pope was the answer to England’s prayer when the team lost three wickets at 92 runs. He came as the saviour and stitched up a 140 runs match-saving partnership with Joss Buttler. In the last two Tests, he could not even touch 15 runs mark but his innings the third Test has impressed Strauss.
Ollie Pope is a guy who can score quickly: Andrew Strauss
In his 91 runs innings, Pope averaged 60.67, striking 11 boundaries. Strauss was amazed by some of the Pope’s shot during his innings. He added that the 22-year-old was impressive while batting against spinners and seamers. He also doubts if the Pope has any weakness.
“If you look at his first-class record, he’s averaging 57 and he’s proved that he can do it in Test cricket with that great innings he played in South Africa,” Strauss told ‘Sky Sports’.
“Today was more of the same. He’s a guy who can score quickly without you really noticing it. He played some really eye-catching shots as well and he looks equally comfortable against seam and spin, so no obvious weaknesses there. He’s a real find for England, I think,” Strauss added.
Pope would also suit for ODIs: Strauss
Although Ollie Pope is yet to make debut in ODIs, Strauss is sure that he would easily cement his place in that format. However, he believes the youngster should currently focus on the longest format of cricket.
“He’s got the game to play in ODIs, in various different positions. We know he can play all those funky ramp shots and whatever. But for the time being I’d quite like him just doing his time in the Test team, not getting funky with his technique which is perfect,” Strauss said.
Meanwhile, England’s first innings ended with, scoring 369 runs. West Indies will have to toil hard to minimize the lead.