Former Ghost Ollie Pope to make English test debut

Ollie Pope training with England ahead of his test match debut in India. Picture: Alistair Grant
Ollie Pope training with England ahead of his test match debut in India. Picture: Alistair Grant

Former Campbelltown Camden District Cricket Club star Ollie Pope is about to make his test debut.

The talented young Englishman played with the Ghosts’ first grade team last season and was one of the most impressive members of the squad.

English officials took notice and have named him in the team to face India in a test series starting this week.

Ghosts secretary Jason Ellsmore said Pope was thoroughly deserving of his national selection.

“This is a remarkable, yet well-deserved achievement for the young batsman/wicket-keeper who has dominated the English County season for Surrey since returning home [to the UK],” Ellsmore said.

“Ollie’s ‘Bradman-like’ average at Surrey comes on the back of scoring 994 runs for the Ghosts in Sydney Premier Cricket last Aussie summer.

“I am sure all Ghosts players and supporters wish him all the best when he steps into test cricket this Thursday.”

Pope is the second highest run-scorer in Country Championship Division One this season.

He has racked up 684 runs and has an average of 85.5.

The 20-year-old will make his debut against India tomorrow, replacing Dawid Malan for the second test in a five-test series.

The match will be held at Lord’s.

England beat the Indian side in the first test at Edgbaston at the weekend.