England have revealed that Ollie Pope will miss the rest of the Ashes series due to a shoulder injury. The vice-captain was hurt diving in the field during Australia’s 2-0 series victory at Lord’s. On Monday, scans revealed that Pope would undergo surgery and would be absent for the rest of the summer. Dan Lawrence is the most likely to replace for the third Test, which begins on Thursday at Headingley.
The 25-year-old Essex batter has an average of 29 from 11 Tests. But has not played since the March 2022 tour to the West Indies, when captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum took over. Pope hurt his shoulder in the first innings at Lord’s before going out and scoring 42 runs. The right-hander then took to the field in Australia’s second innings, despite the umpires’ instructions, and worsened the injury.
Ollie Pope has been ruled out: England Cricket Board
England announced Pope would not play any more cricket this summer in a statement published prior to the Headingley match. The 25-year-old is now scheduled to have surgery and will try to heal in time for the winter. The statement said, “England and Surrey batter Ollie Pope has been ruled out of the rest of the LV= Insurance Men’s Ashes Series after dislocating his right shoulder during the second Ashes Test at Lord’s last week.”
“Scans in London on Monday revealed the full extent of the injury and he will miss the rest of the summer campaign and will require surgery. He will work closely with the England and Surrey medical teams in respect of his rehabilitation. England will not call up a replacement for the third Ashes Test, which starts at Headingley on Thursday.”
Stokes after the match said, “All we’re thinking about is winning the series 3-2,” Stokes said after his sensational 155 failed to steer England over the line. “It’s very exciting to know that the way in which we are playing our cricket actually couldn’t be more perfect for the situation we find ourselves in – we have to win these three games to get this urn back.”
Here’s how fans reacted
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) July 4, 2023
— ᴄꜱᴋɪᴀɴ💛🚩🇵🇹 (@psych_soul_) July 4, 2023
England 🏴 obviously. He has no good innings this Ashes. Foakes in, England good.
— Umar Farooq (@theumarism) July 4, 2023
Foakes back as keeper and bairstow to be promoted at top order?
— Rishabh (@goelrishabh53) July 4, 2023
so who will be playing Lawrence or they can bring back malan
— RohitianByHeart(2) (@heartRohitan2) July 4, 2023
NOOOOOO. 😭 he was such a free wicket for us! The next guy is bound to do more.
— Vansh Sharma (@1shsharma_) July 4, 2023
Blessing in disguise for england team
— Vikas Wadhwa (@weedabloo) July 4, 2023
— Mission impossible (@22delhisehaibc) July 4, 2023