Big news is coming out from the ongoing Ashes series 2023 between England vs Australia. England middle-order batsman Olly Pope has been ruled out of Ashes 2023 due to a shoulder injury. This information has been given by ICC and England Cricket Board. In fact, England have lost the first two matches of the Test series. The third Test match will be played from July 6. Even before this match, Pope’s exit from the series is considered a big blow for England.
How was the injury?
Ollie Pope was injured while fielding in the Lord’s Test match between England vs Australia. His left shoulder bone was injured. Pope did not perform well in the first two Tests. He scored 31 and 14 runs in both innings of the first Test respectively. In the second Test, he made 42 and 3 runs to reach the tent. In fact, Pope bats at number three for England.
— ICC (@ICC) July 4, 2023
How is Pope’s Test career?
Pope played his first Test match in 2018 against the Indian cricket team. He has played 38 Test matches so far. Meanwhile, he has scored 2136 runs in 67 innings at an average of 34.45. He has also scored 4 centuries and 11 fifties. A double century has also come out of his bat. Pope’s best score remains 205. During this time he has remained unbeaten 5 times. He has not played a single ODI and T20 match for England.
Who can replace the Pope?
Dane Lawrence may get a chance to replace Pope in the Indian team. Lawrence is part of the Ashes squad. He has played 11 Test matches for England. Meanwhile, he has scored 551 runs in 21 innings at an average of 29. Meanwhile, 91 remains his best score. 4 half-centuries have also been included in this. Talking about his first class cricket career, Lawrence has played 113 matches. During this time he has scored 6050 runs at an average of 36.66. (big news England batsman Ollie Pope out of entire Ashes 2023 series due to shoulder injury read more)
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