England’s young batting sensation Ollie Pope is ready to play in the Asian conditions and hoping a tough and challenging three-match Test series in Sri Lanka to show his expertise with the willow here.
The 20-year-old, who made his Test debut in the India series at home, is one of the famous faces in the English domestic circuit at a very young age and his show in the debut Test was enough to convince the national selectors to get a nod for the Lanka Tests next month.
Now, the batsman is keen to show what he is made of in a difficult cricketing environment, raring to face the different challenges in Iceland.
Pope told Sky Sports News on Tuesday (October 9), “It's going to provide some different challenges to playing county cricket and cricket in England. I spoke to Dean Elgar of South Africa, who was playing with us [Surrey]. He is an opening batter and I don't think he faced one ball of the seam that whole tour [of Sri Lanka]. It's going to have its different challenges and there's the heat as well, but I've been out there before and hopefully, if I get my go, I can take it.”
On his England debut at Lord's, Pope said, “It was incredibly special. To make your debut at Lord's is what you dream of as a kid.”
Meanwhile, the right-hander believes that the success at the international level lies in learning to be patient.
Pope signed off by saying, “I had to wait a while after the first day was a complete washout but once the game got going, it was a pretty special few days and it was nice to win the Test as well. You have to do things for longer [in international cricket]. You have to be that bit more patient with the bat and the same with the ball if you are a bowler. I can barely remember facing a bad ball, so it's just about being that bit more patient.”
(Input: Sky Sports)