Following on from a couple of articles about English batsmen…
It’s time for wicketkeepers!
James Bracey is not a bad cricketer. Players have had worse starts to Test careers then gone on to do better. You do have to ask how he was identified as a player ready for international cricket though. Meanwhile, the likes of John Simpson and Ben Brown amongst others, continue to be deemed nothing more than county players at best. I think that Simpson (513 FC catches) has the most catches per match of any active English gloveman. Brown for the record, averages a not too shabby 39.11 with the bat!
Moving on, Harvey Hosein for one was possibly deemed not ready. Ben Cox is probably perceived to be an international calibre wicketkeeper … but not batsman. He’s been batting up the order (In T20s) for Worcestershire recently and making healthy contributions though. However, he’ll do well to break into England’s white-ball teams!
Nasser Hussain name dropped Kent youngster Ollie Robinson. Meanwhile Lancashire’s Alex Davies has a lot on his plate, often batting high up the order as well as keeping wicket. He’s been involved with England Lions and cropped up at the Abu Dhabi T10. It’ll be interesting to see if there are any Lions games in the near future and who makes an appearance.
If fit and available then Jos Buttler and Ben Foakes are the first choice and back-up Test option. Jonny Bairstow is in both white-ball XIs whilst also being the back-up gloveman to Buttler. With the odd part-timer around just in case, it’s not easy to see how Simpson, Cox and co. are likely to get a look in, especially as England are best served reverting to the habit of selecting their best XI!