Marcus Trescothick helped Ollie Pope capture England’s No 3

Ollie Pope hails the influence of England batting coach Marcus Trescothick. Pope was dropped from England after the final Ashes Test last winter and did not play in the Test series in the West Indies in March. But, after making 67 and 11 not out in the final Test of the summer, at his home ground Oval, Pope ended his first summer at No. 3 with 456 runs at an average of 38, including three fifties. With 145 against New Zealand at Trent Bridge.

Former England opener Trescothick had been particularly instrumental in helping him adjust to a new role, Pope said after the series win against South Africa.

“I think I’ve worked a lot with Marcus Trescothick in the West Indies and before the West Indies,” Pope said. “I felt that I needed to change my game a bit and tighten up some little things that would give me a chance to become a top-order batsman even though it wasn’t necessarily on the radar at the time. So I spent a lot of time with him. They.”

Pope also said he felt liberated under new head coach Brendon McCullum, after putting himself under too much pressure in Test cricket.

“From a mindset point of view, I think I’ve had some good conversations with Baz and he’s very much ‘stop being afraid of getting out in Test cricket,” Pope said.

Test cricket is very important to me. I will do anything to have a great career and play 100 Tests or whatever.

“I think I was almost putting myself under too much pressure and the fear of getting out was probably getting too much.

“I tried to get rid of it and basically try to score my runs. Instead of thinking that if I cut it, I can get it out, I think if I cut it and I get it out, it will go on the slips for four. It’s a change of mindset that I’ve tried to go for.”

Until the first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s, Pope had never batted in the top three in a first-class match. But, after scoring the third most runs of any Englishman in Test cricket this summer – behind only Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow – Pope said he now feels established as England’s No.3.

Marcus Trescothick helped Ollie Pope capture England's No 3

“I have enjoyed the position this summer, it was new but hopefully it will support me in the future,” he added.

“If you’re doing it to win and those are tough conditions, it’s good to show you can do it in different positions, batting at three. So I take a lot of credit from him.

“I’ve tried to stop looking at the big picture too much this summer, I’ve tried to just focus on the game by game and enjoy it and instead of thinking that I’m going to win every opportunity. Be prepared to be like, ‘If I do this, I’m probably here next week or if I do this, it might get you on the next tour or whatever.’

Pope even attempted to end the Test at the Oval with a reverse scoop shot on Marco Johnson, although he was hit in the wrist in the failed attempt to land the shot.

“I just thought it was a good way to end things. That kind of sums up a bit to me what we’re doing at the moment. It’s about entertaining the crowd and It’s not about your individual stuff. It’s just about having fun, entertaining the crowd, and hopefully winning something along the way.

“This is by far the most fun I’ve had in an England shirt this summer,” Pope said. “We’ve obviously won a lot of games which makes things a lot more enjoyable. But I think the atmosphere we’ve had around the group and back at the hotel in the evening, as a group It’s been really enjoyable to spend a lot of time.”

England confirmed on Wednesday that former bowling coach David Secker will return to the one-day set-up in a coaching consultancy role under head coach Matthew Mott, with former Australian international Michael Hussey also set for next month’s World Twenty20. I will join the board for the cup.

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