Full name Craig Neil Miles
Born July 20, 1994, Swindon, Wiltshire
Current age 22 years 184 days
Major teams Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire 2nd XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Relation Brother - AJ Miles
|First-class debut||Gloucestershire v Northamptonshire at Bristol, May 11-14, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Gloucestershire v Sussex at Bristol, Sep 20-23, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Gloucestershire v Essex at Cheltenham, Jul 26, 2011 scorecard|
|Last List A||Gloucestershire v Essex at Bristol, Aug 2, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Gloucestershire v Somerset at Bristol, Jul 26, 2013 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Gloucestershire v Sussex at Bristol, May 20, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|20, 4/109, 16*||Gloucs||v Sussex||Bristol||20 Sep 2016||FC|
|2/58, 3, 2/84, 10||Gloucs||v Northants||Northampton||12 Sep 2016||FC|
|4/44, 34, 0/23||Gloucs||v Glamorgan||Cardiff||6 Sep 2016||FC|
|4/30, 5, 4/82||Gloucs||v Derbyshire||Derby||31 Aug 2016||FC|
|9, 1/119, 15||Gloucs||v Kent||Bristol||23 Aug 2016||FC|
|56, 2/128, 2||Gloucs||v Sussex||Hove||13 Aug 2016||FC|
|3/47||Glouc 2nd XI||v Glam 2nd XI||Bath||8 Aug 2016||Other OD|
|-||Gloucs||v Essex||Bristol||2 Aug 2016||LA|
|7, 0/45||Gloucs||v Kent||Canterbury||31 Jul 2016||LA|
|2/56, 12||Gloucs||v Surrey||The Oval||27 Jul 2016||LA|
Craig Miles is Gloucestershire's brightest young prospect. Mark Alleyne, a former favourite at the county both as captain and coach, where he led the county to seven one-day titles in five seasons, is just one judge who has expressed the belief that Miles had the ability to play for England, describing the slim pace bowler as reminiscent of a young Stuart Broad. As that comparison suggests, he is tall, at 6ft 4ins, stands tall at the crease and hits the deck. His challenge was to add a touch of extra pace to make himself an international prospect.
He was thrust into senior cricket aged just 16 in 2011 when an injury on the opening day of Gloucestershire's Championship match against Northamptonshire at Bristol required Miles to play. He didn't disgrace himself and returned two years later much stronger and fitter and took 43 wickets at 30.58 as a key part of Gloucestershire's attack. He was rewarded with a contract until the end of the 2017 season.
During the winter of 2013-14 he was part of the ECB's Potential England Performance Programme but injured his back training at Loughborough and missed the first half of the season. He returned in July and took 18 wickets at 19.88 in the remaining four Championship matches of the season. Further success in 2015 - including a 10 for 121 match analysis against a strong Lancashire side which scooted away with the second division title - earned him a place in the EPP fast-bowling camp and put him on the shortlist as the PCA's breakthrough player.
Miles' 52 Championship wickets for Gloucestershire in 2016 continued to make a good impression. He took his first hat-trick - of sorts - at any level in a surprise Gloucestershire win over Essex at the Cheltenham Festival, his wickets spread over two innings.
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