England batsman Ollie Pope will be out of action for up to four months after dislocating his left shoulder in the third and final cricket test against Pakistan.
Pope suffered an identical injury while playing for Surrey last summer, and was seen discomforted after he landed awkwardly after his dive in an attempt to prevent a boundary on Day 4 of the drawn match.
The 22-year-old did not return to the field for the remainder of the match, as he immediately underwent MRI scan in London on Wednesday before being reviewed by a consultant on Thursday, and it has been decided that the batsman will be having surgery for the next couple of weeks.
England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement on Friday:
“England batsman Ollie Pope has been ruled out for up to four months after dislocating his left shoulder during the third Test against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl.
It is hoped that Pope will return in time for England’s winter tours of Sri Lanka and India starting in the early part of 2021.”
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Pope has played 13 tests with an average of 38 and a highest score of 135 not out. With his current condition, Pope is expected to miss the rest of the Bob Willis Trophy and Vitality Blast campaigns.