The 22-year-old England middle-order batsman Ollie Pope played an important role for his team on the day one of the final Test of the ongoing three-match Test series against West Indies as he is very close to his first Test century at home. However, the youngster wasn’t happy for his first 50 runs of the day.
On Friday (24th July), the England vs West Indies Test match started at Manchester, which is also a series-decider game that is standing with 1-1. After the Caribbean skipper, Jason Holder won the toss, he decided to bowl first. The hosts England really struggled in the first two sessions of the day while Ollie Pope and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler rescued them in the final session with their strong batting performances.
At the stumps of the day, while Buttler scored 56 not out, Pope was not out on 91 runs off 142 balls (11 fours). While they have already set up the 136 runs partnership for the unbroken fifth wicket, England ended the day with the score of 258/4.
Pope, who has already hit one century at Port Elizabeth during South Africa tour early this year, is approaching towards his second Test century, which will be also his maiden home Test century. As he failed to cross even 20-run mark in the first two Tests of this series (12, 12, 7 and 12*), Pope is feeling nice with his latest performance.
The young right-handed batsman said after that match, “It’s a really a nice feeling tonight because I missed out in the first two games. It wasn’t easy because there is no real escape, you cannot go out for coffee, or for dinner or you cannot see your family and you think about your failures a little more than normal.”
Hopefully, I can go on and get a big one: Ollie Pope
At the stumps of that opening day, Pope was just nine runs away from his first Test century at the home soil. The youngster wants to stretch this innings to a big score. However, he wasn’t happy for his first 50 runs as he got a little luck by escaping after edging once.
Pope added, “Hopefully, I can go on and get a big one but you’ve got to try and stay as level headed as you can as a batter because there are as many bad days as there are good days. I didn’t feel great for my first 50 runs, I had a little bit of luck after edging one. Luck is involved sometimes and you’ve got to make the most of your chances when they do come around. I want a chance to go out there and add on more runs.”