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Full name Roland James Pope
Born February 18, 1864, Ashfield, Sydney, New South Wales
Died July 27, 1952, Manly, Sydney, New South Wales (aged 88 years 160 days)
Major teams Australia, Marylebone Cricket Club, New South Wales
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm slow (underarm)
Fielding position Occasional wicketkeeper
|Only Test||Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 1-5, 1885 scorecard|
Dr Roland James Pope, who died at Sydney on July 27, aged 88, was a frequent visitor to England with Australian teams, though not as a playing member. Born on February 18, 1864, he was educated at Hutchins School, Hobart, Tasmania, gaining a place in the eleven as a batsman and bowler of lobs, and he later played for Sydney University. Subsequently, while studying medicine, he was in the Edinburgh University side. In 1884-85, after hitting 170 not out for Melbourne Zingari against Richmond, he represented New South Wales in two matches against Victoria, and he appeared for a Combined XI of Australia and for his State against Alfred Shaw's team. An MD and FRCS of Edinburgh and an ophthalmic specialist, he became a member of MCC in 1887.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
This obituary glosses over the fact that the 1884-85 game for the Combined XI was actually designated as the second Test of the series, one which Australia lost by 10 wickets. Pope was only selected because the entire side who had played in the first Test refused to play in a dispute over gate money (they wanted 50 per cent of the take).