The English batsman, Ollie Pope has suffered an injury on his left his muscle and he seems to be ruled out until England’s 5-match Test series against India. The 23-year-old wicket-keeper batsman sustained a thigh muscle injury on July 2 during Surrey’s match against Kent in the domestic T20 tournament.
Ollie Pope featured in the playing XIs of both teams for the Test matches against New Zealand earlier this summer as England suffered a 1-0 loss in the series. He scored 22 and 20 not out in the drawn first Test at Lord’s before registering 19 and 23 when captain Joe Root’s side lost at Edgbaston.
In the statement regarding the injury of Ollie Pope, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) wrote, “Pope has been ruled out until England’s LV= Insurance Test Series against India after suffering a left thigh muscle injury.”
They further added, “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.”
Ollie Pope now faces a race against time to regain for the five-match Test series against India, which begins at Trent Bridge on August 4.
In his Test career so far, Ollie Pope has amassed 882 runs in 19 Tests with the highest score of 135 not out which came against South Africa in January 2020. However, he has not been able to reach the 35-run mark in his last 8 Tests.
If Ollie Pope fails to recover from his thigh injury in time then Dawid Malan, who has impressed with the bat in England’s limited over cricket, may get a chance for the 5-match Test series against India.