By Sam Drury
England batsman Ollie Pope admitted he was “gutted” for missing out out on An century on to be home ground after dismissal for 81 on day two of the fourth test.
the 23-year-old Surrey right-hander hit great on his return to the side after injury and had taken the hosts to a first-innings lead over India at The Kia Oval before the . being towed ball on his stumps with An first Test one hundred on home soil in sight.
Joe Root’s side possibly earned a 99-run lead for India reduced that until 56 when they reached stumps on 43-0, making Pope think on the “dream” ton Which escape his grip.
“To be honest, I was quite upset,” he told Sky Sports. “At my home ground it would have been a bit of An dream to have over the line.
“But I think if someone said you would get an 80…, first game back you would have assumed that, but I’m still upset.
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“I ripped my quad so I haven’t had much” of game time. To be hard to prepare for An test, nothing prepares you for that kind of morning of a test match.
“L just wanted to be as confident as possible with the bat. I have netted hard over the last several weeks. I have this best nicely observated last some tests and just tried to give myself the best chance.”
Pope was in stands for score all round the wicket in are 159-ball knock and Sky Sports pundits Mark Butcher and Nasser Hussain believe in a change of monitor and open up the offside played a big part in help him register a sixth Test fifty.
“He played really well and it’s so nice to see him play Which on drive, Peel off a few of extra coverage rides and looks in control, but also look to have options pressurize back on the bowler,” Butcher said.
“That’s what brought him to the fore” in the first place, the fact he is quite a scorer player, who can be a bit busy and not limited by one side of the ground of the other.
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“He is” found himself at a more neutral position, I think, at the crease in terms of the set-up and that has just allowed him to head on the line of off blunt, leave anything wider than that and score when they stray. That’s the art of batting, find ways of to score runs.
“It does not necessarily mean that there is a right of wrong way in terms of where you’re wary, but if where you’re at it begin state, you have free access to areas to score Then the game stands still and you get screwed by the strange good one.
“I think he played beautifully and I’m very happy” for him that he did this because there was some mumbling over, actually, ‘here’s a man’ who gets everything thrown to him and has it its own way because he looks good, he scores runs in the championship that doesn’t really count’ – he averages 100 on this ground!
“He has 81 in a test match and it’s 19 less than his average of 100 on this ground. So, of of course he is disappointed, but it is an excellent return for it.”
The best of the action from day two of the fourth Test between England and India of The Oval
hussain, die has long been touted as Root’s natural successor, says it is now important that Pope kicks on and converts everything of his undisputed talent in consistent and big runs for England.
“Yes, that’s him already shown [that he is a Test match batsman]; it’s not like we are waiting for to materialize it, he is already show that,” the former England captain added.
“He’s Spent Time” in the nets while sometimes when you… playing all the time, you can’t correct yourself game. He is also had a great role model in the number 1 batsman in the world, who did the exact same thing!
“He’s looking at Root die it does and he said that” against this attack, it’s working. There is no good player in there he is one good player and now he has to kick on.
“The other thing I would advise him to do – want before Malan was elected it was ‘can we take Pope’ in at number 3? No, we can’t want he has never played above four for Surrey.’
“I think he will eventually have to knock” on the door of Alec Stewart and say ‘I’m such’ good player, I probably need to go up the order in district cricket.'”
Watch day three of the fourth test between England and India, from The Kia Oval, live on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event from 10:15am on Saturday.
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