Following on from my posts about batsmen, wicketkeepers, pace bowlers and spin bowlers (You can find those posts in the cricket section…
It’s finally time for all-rounders…
Ben Stokes is the x-factor player in the England team. He can bat, bowl and don’t forget… field. He can win games and pull in crowds.
Chris Woakes is under-appreciated and underused. If James Anderson hadn’t been in the way, I really think that Woakes could’ve been so much more. Sam Curran is written off by some as not being quick enough but he’s a left-armer for a start, so brings variety to the attack. He’s also, despite his small stature, a big-hitting batsman. He really is the real deal.
I was pleased to see further opportunities for Somerset duo Lewis Gregory and Craig Overton recently. It’s not about how you get your opportunities, it’s about what you do with them! Gregory thrived on responsibility in the so called B-Team. Overton never has let England down but it’s a tough gig to get into.
For all the qualities that Chris Jordan, Tom Curran and Lewis Gregory offer, it’s an absolute travesty that Benny Howell hasn’t played T20 cricket for England. In the domestic game (Including a few games outside England) he’s got 149 wickets at an average of 19.85. His economy rate is just 7.08 and he’s performed well batting at three this year, though an England role would more likely come down the order. Darren Stevens is another one who might consider himself hard done by not to have earned a cap.
Ryan Higgins and Ed Barnard suffer from theory of numbers. Both have been consistent performers for a few years now but just can’t get a look in on the international front. England are set to take a rather large squad (Or first team and Lions squad) to Australia, so these guys could yet get in but it may be that they’re won’t quite be what England want in Australian conditions.
Who do you think should’ve earned a cap or had more opportunities… or who shouldn’t?!