England batsman Ollie Pope has spoken about the nagging injury he faced during the second Ashes Test 2023. He said he was taking strong painkillers and finding it difficult to play a thrown or cut shot.
Ollie Pope, who played a vital role for England in the first two Tests, was ruled out of the series following the injury he sustained. The batsman dislocated his shoulder during the Lord’s Test and was deemed unfit for the next three games of the series.
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After the game, Ollie Pope had scans and it was revealed that he will need surgery. The right-hander was then referred to the England and Surrey medical teams for rehabilitation.
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Ollie Robinson revealed that his shoulder hurt and with the painkillers he was taking he was falling asleep. He revealed that he did not want to continue batting for fear of the Australian bowlers, which could have made his injury worse. Speaking to the Telegraph, he said:
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“It hurt, I was taking strong painkillers. I was falling asleep waiting to hit because the painkillers were so strong. That was a bit annoying. Once I got to the entrances it was fine.
“There were shots that shook him. He didn’t want to stay on the field because you know how Australians are, he didn’t want to have a target on his back.”
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Ashes 2023: “I didn’t have any over the shoulder shots,” says Ollie Pope
Ollie Pope went on to say that he didn’t have any over the shoulder shots and was afraid of short balls because they might have hurt him. He explained:
“I knew that I couldn’t play a cut or thrown shot. I have a good ball, but I’d like to think I keep it out normally. The lack of movement that I had in the second inning, I was probably sweating on the short ball every single ball, because I knew I would have to let it hit me, or try to get out of the way because I had no shots up. my shoulder.”
Ollie Pope played a decent role in both games. At Edgbaston he scored 45 runs and at Lord’s his tally was similar. He played vital hits for the team and now it will be a headache for the team to get a hitter in his place. This was evident in the third game when they tried two different hitters at that position.
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