Pope lays down early marker in bid to reclaim England spot

Ollie Pope lays down early marker in bid to reclaim England spot after Test axe following dismal Ashes tour with sparkling century for Surrey against Hampshire in County Championship

  • Ollie Pope continued his superb start to the County Championship season
  • The Surrey and England batter scored an unbeaten 113 against Hampshire 
  • Pope is hoping to attract the attention of the England selectors after being axed 

Ollie Pope laid down an early marker in his bid to reclaim a Test spot with an elegant century for Surrey against a high-class Hampshire attack.

Pope was kept out of the England side during the recent 1-0 defeat in the Caribbean by Essex’s Dan Lawrence, but has begun the new season with 58 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston and now 113 not out.

His century, which needed only 151 balls and came against two Test seamers – Pakistan’s Mohammad Abbas and South Africa’s Kyle Abbott – was his ninth at The Oval, where he now averages 106 in first-class cricket. Nine of his 13 hundreds have come at his home ground.

Ollie Pope impressed with a superb 113 not out for Surrey on day one against Hampshire

And it helps put behind him a miserable winter, in which he made just 67 runs in six innings during the Ashes amid question marks over his technique outside off stump.

Earlier, Rory Burns – who was dropped for England’s tour of the Caribbean – made 21 before edging a drive off Ian Holland to second slip. 

Test wicketkeeper Ben Foakes finished the day unbeaten on 32 as Surrey closed on 312 for three after being put in. Opener Ryan Patel made 58.

Rory Burns – who was also dropped by England for the West Indies series – made 21

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