I’ve posted about batsman and wicketkeepers…
But my word England are spoilt for choice when it comes to pace bowling!
James Anderson and Stuart Broad are the in possession opening bowlers. Both were persisted with despite injury or poor contributions early on in their international career. How the likes of Jamie Porter, Ben Coad and Chris Rushworth must look on with envy. Check out a post on them from my old blog…
Steven Finn played a lot for England but surely England let him down as he slipped out of the reckoning. Chris Woakes and Sam Curran are in and around the side but maybe all-rounders merits it’s own post?!
Ollie Robinson has been phenomenal for a few years now and fully merited recognition but of course it all went sour. Luke Fletcher has come on leaps and bounds but probably carries that unfortunate prejudice of being a decent county player but not international cricketer. He wouldn’t let England down and probably deserves a T20 call up if not Test recognition. At the younger end of the spectrum, Sam Cook has probably usurped Porter as the Essex bowler likely to wear the England shirt.
As for out and out pace, it’s been so pleasing to see Mark Wood stay fit and play regularly over the last year or two. He can bat as well! Injuries to Jofra Archer and Olly Stone highlight the fragility of fast bowlers. Meanwhile, the shear plethora of options hasn’t helped the Overton twins.
Tom Helm and George Garton have long been earmarked as England material and there has at least been some substance to support that in recent times.
Have I missed anyone? Who do you think should be in the reckoning for England?
Disclaimer: This article was originally written before the changes to England’s ODI squad following a COVID outbreak. Of course Garton was in the original squad and Helm in the replacement crew. Despite the quality of the other players that were called up, I can’t help but think that Luke Fletcher was particularly hard done by!