Full name Oliver John Douglas Pope
Born January 2, 1998, Chelsea, Middlesex
Current age 22 years 96 days
Major teams England, England A, England Under-19s, Surrey, Surrey 2nd XI, Surrey Under-13s, Surrey Under-14s, Surrey Under-15s, Surrey Under-17s
Playing role Middle-order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Education Cranleigh School, Surrey
|Test debut||England v India at Lord's, Aug 9-12, 2018 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Jan 24-27, 2020 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Oxford MCCU v Surrey at Oxford, Mar 28-30, 2017 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Sri Lanka Board President's XI v England at Colombo (PSS), Mar 12-15, 2020 scorecard|
|List A debut||Yorkshire v Surrey at Leeds, Aug 28, 2016 scorecard|
|Last List A||Surrey v Essex at The Oval, Apr 23, 2019 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Essex v Surrey at Chelmsford, Jul 7, 2017 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Surrey v Essex at The Oval, Aug 29, 2019 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|95||England||v SLC-BP-XI||Colombo (PSS)||12 Mar 2020||FC|
|8, 77||England||v SLC XI||Katunayake||7 Mar 2020||Other|
|56, 11||England||v South Africa||Johannesburg||24 Jan 2020||Test # 2382|
|135*||England||v South Africa||Port Elizabeth||16 Jan 2020||Test # 2380|
|61*, 3||England||v South Africa||Cape Town||3 Jan 2020||Test # 2379|
|132||England||v SA A||Benoni||20 Dec 2019||Other|
|20||England||v CSA Inv XI||Benoni||17 Dec 2019||Other|
|1c/0s, 75, 0c/0s||England||v New Zealand||Hamilton||29 Nov 2019||Test # 2371|
|29, 6||England||v New Zealand||Mount Maunganui||21 Nov 2019||Test # 2367|
|88||England||v NZ A||Whangarei||15 Nov 2019||FC|
Ollie Pope's rapid transition from inventive T20 strokemaker to heavy Championship run scorer attracted the attention of England's national selector Ed Smith when Pope was given a Test debut against India as a specialist batsman in the summer of 2018. To bat at No. 4 after only 15 first-class matches against such powerful opposition was a considerable challenge. He played only two Tests, but he had put down a marker, and at season's end he had contributed 986 runs at an average of 70.43 to Surrey's title-winning season, including a sparkling unbeaten 158 against Yorkshire at The Oval, a career-best, as well as some flashes of ambition in limited-overs formats.
In 2019, he suffered an early setback when fielding in a game against Essex, as he dislocated his shoulder diving to stop a ball. It required surgery, but time out of the game proved to be a positive - "it gave me time to reflect and think about what I can do to take my batting to the next level," he reflected. He shifted his stance, batting on middle-and-off rather than middle, and the change worked immediately, as he hit an unbeaten 221 in his first Championship game back. He was on standby as a concussion substitute throughout the Ashes summer, though remained unused, but his call-up for the winter tour of New Zealand seemed to suggest a chance to make the No. 6 spot his own would be forthcoming.
And so it would prove. Despite unexpectedly keeping wicket in the second Test of that series after a late injury to Jos Buttler, Pope impressed with a fluent 75 in partnership with Joe Root, before starring on the tour to South Africa. His unbeaten 61 underpinned England's effort at Cape Town, and in their win at Port Elizabeth he was superb, compiling a maiden hundred and becoming England's young centurion since Alastair Cook in the process. He also proved himself as an electric close fielder, taking several catches under the helmet over the course of the tour.
Pope, a part-time wicketkeeper full of batting invention, made great strides for Surrey in 2017 in all three formats. It was his trickery as a Twenty20 batsman that most won most admirers, but there was also a maiden Championship century. That hundred came in only his third Championship appearance, against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl, and was full of energetic cuts and pulls as he ended Hampshire's hopes of a last-day victory, the innings culminating in slightly hollow circumstances with an over from the part-time bowling of James Vince, the England batsman, as Hampshire gloomily awaited the draw.
His Championship debut also made him part of a historic moment when Surrey fielded four teenagers against Middlesex at The Oval, the first time that had happened in a Championship match since World War 2.
Pope's 50-over debut had come in 2016, in a Royal London Cup semi-final victory against Yorkshire at Headingley in 2016; he did not take the gloves - he was one of five wicketkeepers in the Surrey side with a sixth, the coach Alec Stewart, looking on, but immediately revealed his busy batting style. Unfortunately for him, the highest-profile moment of his 2017 summer was his drop of Alex Hales - on 9 - in the 50-over final; Hales went on to make a record-breaking 187 not out.