Ollie Pope’s back in the nets and keen to prove his fitness for England tours

England batsman Ollie Pope has returned to the nets as he steps up his bid to return from injuries in time for England’s excursions of Sri Lanka and India.

The Surrey batsman had surgery immediately after dislocating his shoulder in the 3rd and last Test towards Pakistan in August.

Pope – who suffered an identical harm when taking part in for Surrey in 2019, major him to overlook three months of the county time – shared a clip of him obtaining toss downs from England mentor Paul Collingwood.

Pope wrote on Twitter: “Nice to be back hitting this week! Several half volleys from @Colly622 to start items off.”

The 22-calendar year-aged will be eager to retain his place after staying an ever-existing in the driving-shut-doors summer Check series wins from the West Indies and Pakistan.

He registered half-centuries in opposition to both of those sides, including 91 in the last Test versus the Windies to assistance seal a 2-1 sequence victory. Even so, he averaged an underwhelming 26.87 throughout the six Assessments this summer time.

An England statement next his medical procedures read: “It is hoped that Pope will return in time for England’s winter excursions of Sri Lanka and India starting off in the early part of 2021.”

The initial of two Exams versus Sri Lanka, a tour which was cancelled previously this calendar year because of to the coronavirus pandemic, commences in Galle on January 14 prior to England head to India in February.