Ollie Pope’s right shoulder dislocated during the second Test at Lord’s last week, forcing him to miss the balance of England’s Ashes campaign.

Pope received a scan in London on Monday that revealed t Ollie Popehe full degree of the ailment, despite having previously experienced shoulder dislocations twice. Before starting his rehabilitation under the direction of the England and Surrey medical staff, he will have surgery and miss the final three Tests against Australia.

Having damaged the shoulder diving for a ball on day one of the Lord’s Test, Ollie Pope aggravated the injury on day three after the umpires insisted he take the field after batting in England’s first innings, scoring 42. It was a situation that left England frustrated with Jeetan Patel, England’s spin coach, acknowledging that England would have had to field with ten men had he not fronted up.

On day three of the Lord’s Test, when the umpires demanded him take the field after batting in England’s first innings and scoring 42 runs,  Ollie Pope further injured his shoulder after injuring it diving for a ball on day one. Jeetan Patel, England’s spin coach, acknowledged that had he not come forward, England would have been forced to pitch with 10 men. It was a frustrating situation for England.

When you almost fracture your shoulder and are informed that you have an external [injury], Patel said, “It’s a pretty tough situation.” The event was inevitable. He is extremely dedicated to this group. He would inevitably trip over something. He has since backed off.

Pope is also England’s designated vice-captain, though that leadership void is easily covered as Stuart Broad, who served as Ben Stokes’ assistant informally last summer, is poised to step up. The question of who will now fill the empty No. 3 position at Headingley is more important.

Patel added, “It’s a pretty tough situation when you almost fracture your shoulder and are told you have an external [injury].” The incident had to happen. He is committed to this team. Unavoidably, he would trip over something. Later, he backtracked.

Pope is also the official vice-captain of England, but Stuart Broad, who unofficially assisted Ben Stokes last summer, is prepared to fill that leadership role. More crucial is the query of who will now occupy the vacant No. 3 spot at Headingley.

“Over the past 18 months, Ollie has been fantastic. He has taken on more responsibility as vice-captain, and as a result, his performance as a player has improved. We will miss him a lot. Ben benefits greatly from having him as vice-captain because he is a fantastic player and teammate. Naturally, it will be a significant loss. He has been a crucial member of this group and will stay so for a very long time.

“I feel like I’ve developed a really solid grasp of my game over the past couple of years. As I’ve mentioned numerous times before, it’s now my duty as a senior player to repay everyone who has endured my long tenure as captain and my insistence on doing things my way. To get us back into this series, I’m there to go and attempt to score runs in whatever position that is.

The closest replacement that can be made is Dan Lawrence. He is the lone backup batter in the team because England decided not to designate a replacement. He has also been performing well at home, amassing 491 runs at a 44.63 average for Essex with two hundred.

The 25-year-old’s final of 11 appearances occurred in the Caribbean trip in March 2022, under Root’s leadership. His abilities were highlighted with a 91 against the West Indies in the second Test at Bridgetown. He may be in line for a Bazball debut after stalling with squad spots under Stokes. Since Stokes is likely to announce his XI on Wednesday, Root was unable to discuss how England would compensate for  Ollie Pope’s loss, but he did praise Lawrence for his ability to compete in an Ashes match.

 Ollie Pope

Ollie Pope

He’s also in good shape, Root added. He had a terrific touch as he left the field and got in his car after scoring 150 or so runs for Essex in the most recent Championship game (152 vs Warwickshire).

“He’s in a great frame of mind, in great spirits, and also in great form, which is always fantastic when you have guys on the fringe or next in line who are scoring runs and feeling good within their own game. Being in that situation is pleasant.

“You’ve had a glimmer of what he can do in Test cricket; he made a fantastic 90 or so and was dismissed on the final delivery of the day in Barbados when he appeared to be headed for a century. When that chance comes up for him, he will have a very fascinating future ahead of him. He exudes a steeliness that indicates his desire to be successful at that level. It’s thrilling because he has a fantastic game to go along with it prospect.”

Another choice would be to bring back Moeen Ali as Ollie Pope’s substitute when he suffered a finger injury, moving the other batters up the order and having Root bat at position three. Harry Brook might also be a candidate, but there might be some hesitation to move him from number six following his series-opening performance of 132 runs at 33 from four hits.