He reached that notable landmark with a six before being stumped a delivery later, having broken Ian Botham’s record for the fastest double-century in England. But, from a technical point of view, it was arguably the shot that brought up 150 that stood out.
Pope has earned a reputation as an extremely watchable batter, with a textbook method straight from the coaching manual. That was on full display as he took a step down the pitch before creaming Mark Adair past the stumps at the non-striker’s end, with the ball racing to the straight boundary.
Pope was the headline in a day of record-breaking run-scoring for England as they established a dominant position over Ireland.
Watch Ollie Pope nail an on-drive to bring up his maiden Test 150 below:
Some way to reach your 1️⃣5️⃣0️⃣
Stand and deliver, @OPope32
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 2, 2023