England young middle-order batsman Ollie Pope might be the most promising upcoming batsman; however, he has had a handful of injury issues. Ollie Pope is currently on the sidelines with a left thigh muscle injury sustained during the T20 Blast clash against Kent Spitfires. Having avoided serious damage during the same, the right-handed batsman is likely to be fit for the upcoming Test series against India.
The 23-year old made his Test debut against India in August 2018 at the Lord’s; however, it was two years before becoming a regular fixture in the line-up. The Surrey batsman enjoyed his best series so far in South Africa, where he mustered 266 runs in three Tests at 88.67. Pope smashed a century and two fifties in the process and established his spot.
But since then, Ollie Pope has been inconsistent. Moreover, the right-handed batsman has not reached 35 in his last 15 innings. But he was most likely set to retain his spot, being one of the most prolific batsmen in the county cricket. Along with the youngster, the likes of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler will probably return to face India in whites as England hope to prevent consecutive series loss at home. Pope managed only 84 runs in two Tests across four innings against New Zealand in June, with a high score of 23.
The ECB and Surrey fitness teams will work together to deliver Ollie Pope’s rehabilitation: England Cricket Board
England Cricket Board (ECB) released a statement, saying that Ollie Pope will not participate in any professional cricket game until the five-Test series against India. The board would work with the medical experts and fitness teams to make him available for the first Test in Nottingham from the 4th of August.
“Pope has been ruled out until England’s LV= Insurance Test Series against India after suffering a left thigh muscle injury. The ECB and Surrey fitness teams will work together to deliver Pope’s rehabilitation with a focus for him to be available to return for the first Test against India,” ECB’s statement read.