Both were dealt with in emphatic fashion, particularly Bairstow who had his middle-stump up-rooted by a 150-km/h express delivery from Anrich Nortje.
The 24-year-old’s overall career Test record of 1370 runs at a meagre average of 31.30 does not suggest that he is someone that poses any particular threat to the Proteas.
Even more so now that he has moved up the order to the crucial No 3 position, especially considering the fallibility of England’s opening pair.
But through closer examination, it will be best remembered that Pope, then having just turned 22, was a colossal presence in England winning a successive Test series on South African soil back in 2020.
He struck an undefeated 61 in the first innings of the New Year Test at Newlands during that series, which allowed England to take an all-important innings lead that ultimately led to a series-equalling 189-run victory.
He also took six catches in Gqeberha for good measure, which included a couple of spectacular grabs at short-leg off Dom Bess.
Pope’s appetite for the Proteas’ bowling attack continued on the opening day at Lord’s where he played a lone-hand, while the impressive seam attack of the visitors ran through his teammates at the other end.