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Ollie Pope aims to kick things off after a century of England v New Zealand emotions
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llie Pope said a tough few years between Test centuries poured out in emotion as he hit triple figures on day three at Trent Bridge.

Pope was England’s first centurion of a busy day at bat that saw the team rack up 473 in five and Joe Root hit 163 unstretched stubs.

It’s Root’s 10th century since the start of 2021, and sixth score over 150. Pope, meanwhile, has found life more difficult and hadn’t made a hundred since his first Test cricket, in January 2020.

His move to No. 3 brought a century into his second game, and he expressed his joy, after finally being fired for 145.

“I was just buzzing,” he said. “It wasn’t the easiest race last year, a few tough tours down the road and I didn’t play a lot last summer.

“Once I crossed the line it was a relief but I was so happy. You have to enjoy these moments, which I have achieved in the last two years.

Pope plays his 24th Test and admits it’s time to start.

“I never doubted that my game didn’t exist for Test cricket, but I’ve used it for a long time since I started as a massive bank of knowledge,” he said. .

“I had the chance to visit amazing places in different conditions and it wasn’t always easy, places like India and Australia, they provided different challenges.

“But I tried to look at those games like, okay, they didn’t all go to plan, I don’t necessarily have the numbers that I wish I had after 24 tests but I learned so much about mine game and so much about test cricket in general that now i can hopefully start becoming the cricketer i want to be in test cricket.


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