Lloyd Pope, a red-haired leg-spinner known for his ability to generate substantial spin and master both leg breaks and googlies, is a promising talent in Australian cricket. His cricket journey began at the tender age of eight in North Queensland when he took six wickets with his leg-spin in his first game. As he progressed through the ranks, Pope showcased his skills.
Between 2016 and 2018, Pope participated in three underage tournaments, one at the under-17 level and two at the under-19 level. During these tournaments, he made a significant impact, claiming a total of 54 wickets in just 23 matches at an impressive average of 16.1. His outstanding performances didn’t go unnoticed, and he earned a call-up to represent Australia’s U19 side against Sri Lanka in April 2017.
Pope’s journey took another step forward as he secured a rookie contract with South Australia for the 2017-18 season at the age of 17. His exceptional talent was further recognized when he was selected for the Australia U19 World Cup squad for the 2018 tournament held in New Zealand. At 18 years old, Pope left an indelible mark by setting a new tournament record with a remarkable 8-35 against England in a quarter-final match. His brilliant performance saw him bowl out England for just 96 runs while defending a modest total of 127.