England batsman Ollie Pope has credited head coach Brendon McCullum with serving to him overcome the fear of shedding his wicket in take a look at cricket, saying the New Zealander modified his mindset.
Playing in his new quantity three place, the 24-year-old loved a memorable summer time being one of England’s 5 century-makers following his 145 in opposition to New Zealand at Trent Bridge.
“… From a mindset level of view, I believe it’s extra that I had some good chats with Baz (McCullum) really, and he’s been very a lot, ‘cease fearing getting out in take a look at cricket’,” Pope instructed British media.
“I believe as a result of take a look at cricket is so vital to me I’d do something to have an awesome profession and play 100 checks or no matter. I believe I used to be virtually placing myself beneath an excessive amount of stress, and that fear of getting out was most likely getting a bit an excessive amount of.
“I attempted to get rid of that, and attempt to rating my runs mainly. Rather than assume, ‘if I lower this I would nick it’, I (now) assume ‘if I lower it and I nick it then it would go over the slips for 4’. That is the mindset change I’ve tried to go by.”
Pope, who made his take a look at debut at quantity six and had by no means beforehand batted at quantity three in first-class cricket, mentioned he now feels comfy within the position.
“I’ve loved that place this summer time, it’s been new, however hopefully I’ll be backed to do it sooner or later as properly,” he mentioned.