The independent voice of cricket

England v Ireland 2023

Watch: Ollie Pope nails picture-perfect on-drive to bring up maiden Test 150 in style

Ollie Pope plays an on-drive to reach his maiden Test 150 and celebrates at Lord's for England against Ireland
by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Watch: Ollie Pope was in sublime form in England’s Test against Ireland at Lord’s today (June 2), bringing up a maiden Test double-century.

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:

Have Your Say

Become a Wisden member

  • Exclusive offers and competitions
  • Money-can’t-buy experiences
  • Join the Wisden community
  • Sign up for free
Latest magazine

Get the magazine

12 Issues for just £39.99