Ollie Pope looks the part as he follows in footsteps of England batting giants | Vic Marks

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Not all young Test debutants have gone on to have illustrious careers but so much about the Surrey batsman suggests he will

It pays to keep an eye on England batsmen who make their debut at the age of 22 or younger. The chances are they will become very substantial players. True class becomes apparent at an early age and selectors of just about every era have recognised that.

England have two batsmen in this category who are about to play in the Test in Port Elizabeth: Zak Crawley and Ollie Pope. Their presence in the side at such a tender age does not guarantee them long and fruitful careers but the evidence suggests they have a better chance than most of success as Test batsmen.

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Written by Vic Marks in Port Elizabeth
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/jan/15/ollie-pope-england-batting-giants-south-africa under the title “Ollie Pope looks the part as he follows in footsteps of England batting giants | Vic Marks”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.