England’s Ollie Pope misses chance to add to his average of 101 at the Oval | Simon Burnton

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Surrey batsman averages more than 100 at the Oval and wanted more but his 81 still helped England against India

England were on precisely 250 and Ollie Pope on 81 when the 23-year-old reached for a Shardul Thakur delivery and edged it into his stumps. It was his second-highest score for his country, an innings that carried his team from crisis towards a measure of supremacy, and it ended with the batsman heaving his bat into the ground in frustration.

It was an opportunity missed, and not just to assist Chris Woakes in his attempt to take the game away from India in the final session. Because there is something about the pavilion at the Oval that makes Pope particularly enjoy waving his bat at it, and he had seemed destined to get another chance.

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