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Ollie Pope: “I talked to Joe Root about dropping the ball and I think my weakness was probably that fifth stump area. I realized it’s easier to drop the ball further away from you ” | Technical tweaks and advice from Root pay off as England No.3 reach second ton

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Ollie Pope says he enjoyed hitting with Joe Root after hitting 145 on day three of second Test against New Zealand

Ollie Pope says he enjoyed hitting with Joe Root after hitting 145 on day three of second Test against New Zealand

Ollie Pope said he learned from the ‘incredible’ Joe Root after scoring his second test hundred – and watching his team-mate continue his stunning form with his 27th.

Pope hit 145 on day three of the second LV= Insurance Test against New Zealand at Trent Bridge, his first century since being promoted to the No.3 spot and inaugural ton at home, with his previous hundred for England against South Africa in Port Elisabeth in January 2020.

The 22-year-old shared a 187-point stand with Root (163 out of 200) as the hosts closed 473-5, reducing their deficit to 80.

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Root’s cent, his fourth in his last five Tests, was also the fastest of his career, coming from just 116 balls.

Talk to Sky Sports Cricket to the stumps, Pope said: “It was great there. I really enjoyed that, beating with Rooty. He’s amazing and does it week after week.

The Pope hit triple figures during the afternoon session at Trent Bridge

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The Pope hit triple figures during the afternoon session at Trent Bridge

The Pope hit triple figures during the afternoon session at Trent Bridge

“He’s so relaxed when he hits. He has so much control. From a technical point of view, he scores so many points until the third man. That’s what I do too when I’m playing well, so it’s is a nice little reminder for me.”

Pope hit with an off-stump guard during his setbacks in The Ashes this winter, when he averaged just 11.16 in six innings, but has since moved to the center stump, which seems to have opened the offside and improved his defensive technique. .

Pope added: “It didn’t really work out in Australia!

England's Ollie Pope after Trent Bridge Cent: “I learned from the incredible Joe Root” | Cricket News

It wasn’t the easiest course last year, but I never doubted my game for test cricket. I feel like I learned a lot about my game and a lot about test cricket and hopefully now I can take that forward and use that as a starting point.

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“I discussed with Rooty the possibility of leaving the ball and I think my weakness was probably that fifth stump area.

“I’ve realized it’s easier to leave the ball further away from you. I’ve played quite a bit of red-ball cricket now and that’s something I’m learning as I go.

“I know I’m pretty good if I cut the ball and I learned a lot from Root. I wasn’t perfect so there are still things to work on but hopefully it’s a stepping stone .”

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All the best moments from day three in Nottingham with our Late Cut video

All the best moments from day three in Nottingham with our Late Cut video

New England captain Ben Stokes said ahead of the New Zealand series he was “adamant” he wanted Pope in his team and backed him to become “one of the greats batters of England”.

Pope added: “Australia was tough, I didn’t play in the West Indies and I wasn’t necessarily sure I’d be the first man on the team roster for this series, so crossing the line was great.

“To hear Stokesy [wanted me in the team] and trust [managing director of cricket] Rob Key and [Test coach] Brendon McCullum gave me is awesome.

“It’s very satisfying [hundred], the first at home as well. It was an incredible feeling when I passed him.

“It wasn’t the easiest course last year – a few tough tours and I didn’t play much last summer – but I never doubted my game for Test cricket.”

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Root, a week after becoming the 14th player in Test history to score 10,000 points, was again at his best at Trent Bridge.

The 31-year-old – who resigned as captain in April after five years in the role – has now scored 2,355 runs in 22 Tests at an average of 60.38 since January 2021, with 10 hundreds.

Sky Sports Cricket Mark Butcher said: “It’s not supposed to be this easy. He passes the stick for the most simplistic exercise. Every time he comes out he scores points. The scoreboard starts to fly.

Extended day three highlights as Root and Pope's hundreds reduce England backlogs to just 80

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Extended day three highlights as Root and Pope’s hundreds reduce England backlogs to just 80

Extended day three highlights as Root and Pope’s hundreds reduce England backlogs to just 80

“He doesn’t muscle it to the fence but if you’re slightly off with your line he hits it for four. If you’re on the pads it’s four. If you’re clear of the stumps he will hit you at the third man He’s having fun.

“You can’t say the captaincy was affecting his stick, but now there’s a bluster about him.

“He seems to really enjoy it – and really like to brink the youngsters. He was happier for Pope’s hundred than Pope was!

“It’s a pleasure to watch. We’re honored to see such a good guy going about his business.”

Watch day four of the second LV=Insurance Test between England and New Zealand, at Trent Bridge, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 10.15am on Monday.




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