Ollie Pope being presented the cap by Alec Stewart as team-mates look on© Getty Images
Ollie Pope being presented the cap by Alec Stewart as team-mates look on© Getty Images

Former England batsman and Director of Cricket at the Surrey County Cricket Club, Alec Stewart provided the 687th England Test cap to debutant Ollie Pope at the start of the Lord’s Test between India and England.

“You have performed well with Surrey and have earned your cap for England. Now its time for you to tuck into the knowledge with the likes of Alastair Cook, (Stuart) Broad and (James) Anderson around you in the England team,” the former England cricketer said.

Stewart had earlier likened Pope to Joe Root in terms of his playing style while talking to Cricbuzz. When asked on how he has come through the ranks in his one year with Surrey, Stewart said, “He played nicely. Full credit to the lad. The academy and the age group lads are doing well. We believe in pushing young players.”

“Pope is a good player. He’s got an old head on young shoulders. We put him in at no. 6 for him to develop and mature when faced with difficult situations. He goes in and counters tough situations well. He’s got a bit of Joe Root in him. He’s a mature lad and comes from a good family. He went to Sydney, played club cricket there and adjusted well to come out good in alien circumstances,” Stewart added.

Pope has had a really impressive run with Surrey since he made his debut last year in all three formats. Particularly, in the first-class format he has been really impressive with an aggregate of 1012 runs in 15 matches at an impressive average of 63.25. He has scored four hundreds and three half-centuries in the first-class format and his highest score is 158*.

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His maiden championship hundred came in just his third appearance for Surrey against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl and his innings was laced with good cuts and pulls. Pope promises to be a talented batsman for the years to come.