County news March 1, 2013

Warwickshire tempt Hain to Britain


Warwickshire may have pulled off something of a coup by signing Sam Hain. Hain broke into the Australia U19 squad aged just 16 and was regarded by some as the best young batting prospect in the country but he has now committed himself to England and agreed a contract with Warwickshire.

17-year-old Hain was born in Hong Kong but has a UK passport - both his parents are British - and will accompany Warwickshire's first team squad on their pre-season trip to Barbados.

He was spotted by former Warwickshire captain, Michael Powell, while on an exchange scheme at Loretto School in Edinburgh, where Powell now works, and was sent for trials at Warwickshire. He made his debut for the club's second XI aged just 14 and impressed sufficiently to win the club's most promising young player award. He agreed a contract with Warwickshire a year ago, but on the understanding that he would finish his education in Australia and join up with the squad ahead of the 2013 season.

Warwickshire have also signed Scotland batsman Freddie Coleman. The 21-year-old from Edinburgh scored a century for Oxford MCCU against Worcestershire last season in just his second first-class game.

He also won the MCCU Walter Lawrence Trophy for his innings of 141 against Durham MCCU. The award is made to the highest individual scorer from the MCCUs in innings against other MCCUs or the first-class counties. He made his List A debut for Scotland aged just 18 in 2010 and was recently awarded a developmental contract with Scotland. He will join Hain in Barbados.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • John on March 4, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    My question is why did Cricket Australia fast track him into the U19 squad? Is he that good or is the cupboard empty even for the U19 lads?

  • Dummy4 on March 4, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    You must be pretty thick headed Mr Bob Young. Who is claiming Usman Khawaja and Moises Henriques as "pure" Aussies? They have lived here with their families since before the age of three...I think they might be entitled to call themselves Australians by now? But "pure"? I have no problem with Hain trying to play for England - his U19s record is nothing to get excited about, so I doubt that he will be playing for England any time soon. Best of luck.

  • david on March 3, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    thefakebook he going to play county cricket not going right into the english team. who ever would want a player fast tracked into their team

  • paul on March 3, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    @Darren Cook Just wondering how he's an overseas player who doesn't count? He's got British parents, surely that makes him British. He''s been at school in Edinburgh & playing club cricket over here from the age of 15, then moved on to Warwickshire 2nd XI before being signed up to a full time contract, how is he not what we need, talk about being unfair on the lad.

  • GARY on March 3, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    Heard about this kid a few years ago after a few of my mates played against him in the Birmingham League and then again when he played for Warwickshire 2nd's and he's apparently a cracking young player, very talented. As for people whinging about him playing for England, well it's his choice and with having 2 British parents and not being born in Australia it maybe a natural progression for him. I've got a friend who was born in Germany and lived there for 14 years but never ever saw himself as German, his parents just happen to be working there. The Ozzies atm are trying to play a 30 odd year old Pakistani who's lived there for 2 minutes & hardly played a game there just because they haven't got any spinners, they can't speak. @Thefakebook Don't talk slack man,Who are you to say who's English and who's not. Who are these 'imports' & who imports them exactly, no one it's their own choice. People live, work & emigrate all over the place to create all kinds of situations.

  • Patrick on March 2, 2013, 23:27 GMT

    I don't see what the big deal is, it doesn't seem as though he's really Australian anyway. The fact is that NO proud true-blue Aussie would even consider moving to England to play cricket for them. That alone is enough to tell you.

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    For crying out loud enough with it! If he wants to play for England let him. Tahir is not 100% South African and yet I see him playing for them. Khawaja as has been mentioned is another one. WHat about the Aussie born chappy who plays tests for the West Indies? I forget his name but they make their own choices in their lives. Let them!

  • Charles on March 2, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    It's worth noting that Hain has been involved with Warwickshire in one way or another for a couple of years, playing for the second XI in 2011. Nevertheless, it's nice to see that people aren't letting silly things like reality get in the way of the usual tedious comments about "poaching" and overseas players.

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    well if his heart isnt to play for Australia then let him be, were did he learn to play cricket? and to play for the Australian under 19s and jump ship is his choice, if he is playing and living in England then he hasn't got much choice. plus his parent being pommies wouldn't help, lucky we didn't lose Pattinson.