England’s Ollie Pope ruled out of Ashes remainder
As a result of a dislocated right shoulder, England’s top-order batter Ollie Pope will miss the remainder of the ongoing Men’s Ashes series, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Tuesday.
ECB released a press release saying that scans conducted on Monday in London revealed the full extent of the injury. He will miss the rest of the summer campaign and will require surgery.
The England and Surrey medical teams will be closely involved in his rehabilitation.
In spite of Ollie Pope’s exclusion, the ECB decided not to call up a replacement for Thursday’s third Ashes Test.
Middle-order batsman Dan Lawrence will replace Ollie Pope at No.3 in England’s squad for the third Test.
In the third Ashes Test, which starts on Thursday at Headingley, England will not select a replacement.
As a result of diving to stop a ball twice, Pope was forced to leave the field due to injury. However, he batted at his usual No.3 spot in both innings.
In addition, Ollie Pope, who averages 34.45 from 38 Tests, has dealt with shoulder issues previously, spending significant periods recuperating after dislocating his left shoulder twice.
In the ongoing Ashes series, he has scored 90 runs in two matches after scoring a maiden double-century against Ireland at Lord’s.
It is a blow to England’s Ashes campaign that Ollie Pope has been excluded. The team is 2-0 down in the five-match series.
The Ben Stokes-led England are eyeing a miraculous comeback against Australia in the remaining Ashes series and will have to emulate Don Bradman’s Australian side’s 86-year-old record.