Ollie Pope, a highly promising junior player, had already been identified as an England team prospect well before his Test debut in 2018. After experiencing somewhat average results while playing in the middle order, with an average of 29.64, Pope faced being dropped from the team during the challenging 2021-22 Ashes series against Australia.
However, he made a return to the side when Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes took the reins, this time as the team’s No.3 batter. With the added responsibility of this role, Pope’s performance improved significantly. Since his return to the side, he has maintained an average of 43.25, a notable increase from his previous figures, and even managed to score a double century against Ireland.