Cricket World Player of the Week - Ollie Pope
For his 207-ball double hundred against Ireland, the fastest-ever in England and the second-fastest by an England batter, Ollie Pope is this week's Cricket World Player of the Week.
All England batters made merry in the one-off Test match against Ireland at Lord's. The Irish bowling was not of the highest quality, but it was credit to the aggressive approach of the England batters as well that they went at a run rate of over six to declare at 524-4.
Zak Crawley and Joe Root hit attractive half-centuries but the two batters who stood out were Ben Duckett and Ollie Pope. Unfortunately for Duckett, he missed out on his double ton by 18 runs. Ollie Pope, however, smashed 205 off 208 balls while going at a strike rate of 98.56 to create multiple records.
His 207-ball double hundred became the fastest-ever in England and the second-fastest by an England batter. Pope struck 3 sixes and 22-boundaries for his double hundred and got to his double century with a six in the 83rd over of England's first innings.
Ollie Pope's 207-ball double century is the 7th fastest in Test cricket and the second fastest by an England batter behind captain Ben Stokes's 163-ball double hundred against South Africa in Cape Town in 2016.
Pope had a 252-run partnership for the 2nd wicket with opener Ben Duckett and helped his side to a 10-wicket win, walking away with the Player for the Match award.