With a year to go until the start of the 2021/22 Ashes series, we are beginning to get seriously excited about heading Down Under to teach the Aussies a thing or two.

It’s not just us that are already dreaming about the greatest contest in the game either, as we found out when Ollie Pope joined us on The Shackles Are Off podcast last month.

The 22-year-old has never played in an Ashes series but has established himself as one of the most exciting young Test batsmen in the world and cemented his place in Joe Root’s side over the past year.

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Pope could well be key to England’s hopes of winning the urn Down Under next winter and it’s something that would be a dream come true for him to be part of.

He explained: “I don’t want to look too far ahead because we’ve got a lot cricket and Test cricket to play before then, so I’ve still got to keep my place in the side, but it would be a dream.

“I think it’s one of them. Your memories as a kid are of Ashes cricket on TV, so it would be a dream come true to go on an Ashes tour and if I can get on the plane then I pray that the Barmy Army will be allowed out there.”

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The Surrey batsman may never have played in the Ashes but he has experienced the Barmy Army Down Under first hand.

“I went and watched the Sydney Test when I was out there playing Grade cricket,” revealed Pope. “And it just looks ridiculous. To have that support looks amazing, so fingers crossed.”

Following the ECB’s recent schedule announcement for 2021, things are looking very positive when it comes to getting supporters back in stadiums so we should be back in our rightful place when the 2021/22 series rolls around.

Click here to check out the full chat with Popey on The Shackles Are Off podcast!