Lloyd Pope (born 1 December 1999) is a legbreak and googly bowler who currently plays for Sydney Sixers in the BBL (Big Bash League) and South Australia in domestic cricket. South Australia offered Pope a contract in August 2017.
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Pope shone as a youth cricketer and bagged the greatest number of wickets for Australia in the 2018 U-19 World Cup with 11 scalps including a record 8/35 in the quarterfinal versus England. His maiden first-class match was in October 2018 versus New South Wales.
In his 2nd first-class game, Pope grabbed 7/87 versus Queensland and became the youngest player to take 7 wickets in an innings in the Sheffield Shield. In December 2018, he played his first BBL match for Sydney Sixers. Pope’s first List A match was in September 2019 against New South Wales in the Marsh Cup.
Pope helped Sydney Sixers win the 2019-20 BBL title by snaring 10 scalps in 8 matches.
In the 2018 U-19 World Cup quarterfinal, England needed just 128 for victory, but Pope’s splendid 8/35 restricted them to only 96. During his junior days, Pope was nicknamed the “Wizard” for his confident leg-spin and googly bowling that befuddled many a batsman.
Pope’s family moved to Adelaide and he got selected for the u-17 and u-19 teams of South Australia. He also joined the Adelaide club Kensington where greats like Don Bradman and Clarrie Grimmett had once played.
As of April 2021, Pope has starred in 20 T20 matches, grabbing 16 wickets at a 31.37 average, a 7.84 economy rate and a 24.00 strike rate. His best figures in this format are 3/23.
Pope has featured in 9 first-class games to date, snaring 18 scalps at a 72.50 average and a 99.00 strike rate with the best figures of 7/87.