Cricket World Player of the Week - Ollie Pope

 

For his Man-of-the-Match-winning maiden Test ton at an age of just 22 years and 15 days in the 3rd Test against South Africa, Ollie Pope is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

Ollie Pope's 226-ball 135-run knock and his 200 + run partnership with Ben Stokes was what really sealed the third Test for England.

More than the 100, it was the manner in which it came impressed the most. Reverse-pulling Kagiso Rabada, or ramping Anrich Nortje is no mean feat, is it?

Pope made his Test debut at 20, at a time when he had played only 15 first-class games. He now has the distinction of being England's youngest maiden centurion since Cook in 2006.

His brilliant six close-in catches also meant that he became the player (other than a wicket-keeper) to take the joint-highest catches in an England versus South Africa Test, along with Ben Stokes who just did it in Cape Town.

The youngster was chuffed with the win and the award: "It is an amazing feeling but it wouldn't have counted for much had we not won the game. I think my dad spent a while in a sports bar and enjoyed it with one of his mates. He had a great day as well... It is a great mood in the dressing room."

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