Llyod Pope Aims to Play All Three Formats for Australia

Llyod Pope Aims to Play All Three Formats for Australia

Llyod Pop, Australia, Sydney Sixers
Llyod Pop wants to feature in the Test cricket. (Photo by Dianne Manson-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

Lloyd Pope, the promising teenager who shot into the limelight during the Under-19 World Cup 2018 against England in Queenstown, has ambitions to represent Australia across formats. While setting his hopes high, Pope further added he is keen to give it a shot.

“I don’t know how far I will go, but I definitely would love to play for Australia in all three formats,” Pope was quoted as saying by ICC.

Llyod Pop, Australia, Sydney Sixers
Llyod Pope left England batsmen dumbstruck. (Photo by Dianne Manson-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

In 2018, the 19-year-old Pope bagged the best figures of eight for 35 to rattle the English team on 96 who were in pursuit to chase down the target of 128.

However, then he went on to stamp the authority of his spin prowess with his first-class career-best figures of seven for 87 while featuring in his second game of the JLT Sheffield Shield.

Pope punches for the best:

Pope asserted it’s the vision of every rising star to give their best before being considered in the highest level of cricket.

“That’s every young cricketer’s dream, and I’m going to try my absolute hardest to get there. I have to work on a lot of things – all three facets,” Pope said.

In addition to, Pope maintained he is a keen learner of the game and the support from prominent Steve O’Keefe, is paying the rich dividends.

“We’ve been working on a couple of things in the nets, working on pace and length and things,” added Pope.

Llyod Pop, Australia
Llyod Pop aims high. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

Llyod Pope working on his run-up:

While talking about his run-up, Pop reiterated he is looking forward to giving his best to plug in the loopholes. Pope added he is aiming to give his hundred per cent to make his presence felt.

“I tried to work that out. My run-up is a little bit longer and stuff like that – I don’t know if you guys notice it. But it felt like a big change for me, and it worked [on it],” Pope further added.

In 2019, it took Pope three Twenty20 matches two clinch his maiden wicket in the domestic professional league.

Interestingly, Pope is the part of Sydney Sixers in the ongoing eighth Big Bash League (BBL).

After going wicket-less against Perth Scorchers and Sydney Thunder, Pope returned to hunt down two quality batsmen of the Brisbane Heat on January 20.

Firstly, Pope bagged his maiden BBL wicket in the form of wicketkeeper-batsman Jimmy Peirson. He then removed New Zealand star Brendon McCullum on 27.

Eventually, including the brilliant 75 from English star James Vince, saw Sixers winning the match by 79 runs. While chasing the target of 178, Sydney strangulated Heat on 98 in 18.1 overs.

In the bowling department, Tom Curran and Sean Abbott have picked three wickets apiece.

Pop finished his figured with two for 19 in his quota of four overs

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Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. Twitter, Instagram: TahirIbnManzoor