England batsman Ollie Pope has admitted that staying in a bio-secure bubble has been an “intense and challenging” expertise, including that his 91 in the third Test felt like “a weight off the shoulders”.
The 22-year-old struggled in the primary two Tests in opposition to the West Indies together with his high rating being 12 not out. However, Pope alongside Jos Buttler turned things round for the hosts, who have been struggling at 122-Four at tea, to shut the opening day of the series decider on 258-4.
The teen finally fell 9 wanting his second century as he was bowled out by Shanon Gabriel early on the second day on 91.
“It is nice to get a few (runs) and it does feel like a little bit of a weight off the shoulders,” Pope advised ‘Sky Sports Cricket’.
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“To miss out (in previous games) and to be in such an intense environment where we you are not able to see your family, has been a little bit challenging. You go back to your room and are overlooking the cricket pitch,” he added.
The series, that marked the resumption of worldwide cricket, is being performed behind closed doorways in a bio-secure environment amid the continued coronavirus pandemic.
Pope said not with the ability to see his household has taken a toll on him however the team has been supportive of one another throughout this testing interval.
“In the second innings (of the first Test) at Hampshire I got out late in the day and 20 minutes after getting out I was back in my room. I wasn’t able to go for a coffee or see my family and it ends up playing in your mind over and over again.
“It has got its challenges but you get around the lads, the lads get around you, and it is tight knit so if someone is struggling a bit mentally we have each other’s back.
“It is good to check in and see how people are doing because people have spent so much time with their family (during the coronavirus pandemic) and now they are not seeing them at all or having any contact,” Pope added.
The teen said he realized quite a bit from former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara whereas enjoying at Surrey.
“I have always been a busy player, I was lucky enough to play with Sangakkara and a number of times he would nick a single off the first ball of the innings just to get off the mark.
“It’s a real good way of putting the bowler under pressure and not letting him bowl six balls at you.”