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Pope: 'It's an unbelievable feeling'

08 November 2018

Sydney Sixers spinner Lloyd Pope has described signing his first BBL contract as an 'unbelievable feeling' and says he can't wait to get started in Magenta.

The 18-year-old spinner joins the Sixers bowling cohort for BBL|08. Pope said he is pumped to be starting his BBL career with the Sixers.

“(It’s) an unbelievable feeling to be able to play in the BBL with a great franchise. I’m really looking forward to playing some games,” he said.

In his second Sheffield Shield game for South Australia, Pope became the youngest bowler to take seven wickets in a first-class match. This hasn’t been Pope’s only large wicket haul as he took 8/32  against England in the Under 19 World Cup back in January.

The young gun has been dubbed the next Shane Warne which is a compliment he doesn’t take lightly.

“I’m pretty honoured to be put in the same boat as the great man himself but I’m trying to go my own way a little bit and learn as much as I can from him and all of the other leg-spinners as well.”

“I’ve done one session very briefly with Warnie. We went out on the Adelaide Oval. I was quite young and I was lucky enough to be out there. It was an amazing feeling and to shake his hand, and to feel like he knows who I am is pretty awesome,” he said.

While he’s been destructive with the red-ball in the Sheffield Shield competition, Pope is ready to challenge himself in the BBL.

“In white-ball cricket, it’s probably about bowling a lot of different variations and being able to out-think batters quicker as you only get four overs. It’ll be interesting to chat to the coaches about that and see where it leads.”

Pope said he is excited to get the white ball in his hands and do some damage for the Sixers this summer. Especially at his new home ground, the SCG, where he’s been told it’s a spinner’s wicket.

“It’s something that I’ve hoped I’d be a part of. It’s going to be a fantastic opportunity to see if I get a game. I’m really thrilled to be a part of this organisation and to be able to play some white-ball cricket.”