We’ll Keep Fighting – Ollie Pope

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We’ll Keep Fighting – Ollie PopePope stitched a fifty partnership with Buttler.

Ollie Pope admitted “frustration” at England's inability to put on a big score but defended Joe Root's decision to bat first at Gabba, despite England being over for 147 inside two sessions.

“I wouldn't look too much at the toss. We just had to execute in the first couple of hours of the game. We had the quality in the side to score the runs we needed,” Pope said. “We'll keep fighting and we have to see both sides bat on this wicket. We don't know how it's going to react tomorrow and we'll come back stronger.

“It wasn't the end result we wanted. We're not going to get too down about it but it's a disappointing start. There's frustration that we haven't been able to put on that big score we wanted but the pitch did offer a fair bit, especially for seam. It's a long tour and a long series. We'll keep the spirits high and come back fighting tomorrow.”

Pope said that losing Rory Burns to the first ball of the Ashes series wasn't an ideal start but the plan was to stay calm and get through the first couple of hours.

“I wouldn't say it (Burns' wicket) created panic at all because you have to stay calm but it wasn't the ideal start,” Pope said. “It was always going to nip around a bit early doors and with the extra bounce it created edges. But if we had managed to get through that first two hours one-down for example, we could have made the most of the softer ball and a slower pitch today.”

Pope, who was picked over Jonny Bairstow for this Test, added 52 runs for the sixth wicket with Jos Buttler. It was a partnership that allowed England to breathe easy against the four-man pace attack from Australia.

“I like to come with a lot of intent and want to move the scoreboard along, especially if the ball is in my area. I think a situation like that leant itself to that too. You need to get your runs on the board. The ball got a bit softer and the seam wasn't quite as pronounced,” Pope said. “Jos came in and played nicely and it's just frustrating neither of us could go on and get a bigger score.”

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