• Pope on squandered opportunity

    England batsman Ollie Pope chats to the media after day one of the second Test against the Proteas at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday.

    The Proteas limited England to 262-9 on Friday. Pope hit an unbeaten half-century.

    ‘It’s definitely a missed opportunity. I’m sure Ben Stokes is pretty frustrated as well, as he was playing the aggressor role and I was just getting into my innings and finding my way. It was a shame. He’ll be as annoyed as anyone, I’m sure. These things happen and hopefully we can learn from the mistakes we made,’ said Pope.

    ‘It’s a good wicket but definitely there’s a little bit in it for the seamers, even with the old ball. There’s definitely something there. We’ll find out how the wicket really is after the next day or two, when both teams have bowled on it. Hopefully we can expose whatever there is in it.’

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    The hosts lead the four-match series. They won the series opener in Centurion by 107 runs inside four days. St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth and the Wanderers in Johannesburg will host the third and fourth Test, respectively.

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