Ollie Pope earned a double century after Ben Duckett scored 150 fast Test scores at Lord’s as England rioted against outclass Ireland in Friday’s Ashes warm-up. Pope’s 205 and Duckett’s 182 were the cornerstone of England’s impressive 524-4, posted on the second day of four, for 331 runs. The pair shared a second wicket post of 252 after going 109-1 after Zach Crowley came out at 56. Both Duckett and Pope scored a hundred runs in Friday’s session, lefty Duckett hit the feat in the morning game and Papa picks him up between lunch and tea.
It was the fastest double century for any batter on English soil. The record was previously held by Ian Botham, who scored a double ton in 220 against India at the Oval. Dad reached the milestone of 207 births.
And Duckett, with 150 goals, surpassed Australian great Don Bradman’s record of 166 in the fastest test of 150 at Lord’s, also the first test for an England rookie on home soil.
Both Duckett and Pope topped Ireland’s first inning by 172 in their own right.
But the Irish team, only seventh Test away and still aiming for its first win at that level, lacked the speed and cunning to give trouble to well-set batsmen on a good pitch, as seamstresses Mark Adair and debutant Fionn Hand missed over 100 runs each. . .
Joe Root helped himself to 55, becoming just the 11th batsman and the second Englishman after Alastair Cooke to score 11,000 Tests before giving up his wicket.
Dad, 197, not out for tea, set off for the first century in the Test with style, moving forward to drive off-spinner Andy McBrien, finishing in the third six in just 207 collisions.
But on the next delivery, attacking Pope was comfortably taken aback and then declared by England captain Ben Stokes.
England were back just 20 runs behind after seasoned seamstress Stuart Broad posted a 5-51 lead on Thursday.
Duckett was not 60 at the time and England vice-captain Pope was undefeated on 29.
It wasn’t long before England revised Ireland’s total and a morning run in which they didn’t lose a wicket took them to 325-1 on the kunch.
Duckett then went all out to beat McBrien, who scored 176 points in the first six matches of the match as he himself surpassed Ireland’s total.
The 28-year-old was approaching what could have been one of the fastest double centuries in Test cricket when a ball change helped Ireland and Duckett played Graeme Hume with a medium pace.
There were only 178 balls in his runs, including 24 fours and a six, and Duckett walked away to cheering from the sun-drenched crowd at the “House of Cricket”.
There was no respite for Ireland, with star batsman Ruth throwing plenty of punches in what at times felt more like a clean session than a test match.
Both Pope and Ruth lifted McBrian to sixes in the same over.
And 25-year-old Pope hit 150 miles in style on Curtis Kumfer’s quad.
The first Ashes Test in Edgbaston will start on 16 June, but before that Australia will play India in the final of the World Test Championship next week at The Oval.
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