County news March 1, 2013

Warwickshire tempt Hain to Britain

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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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  • on March 2, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    Having watched him score 2 tons for my club's (Musselburgh) senior 1st XI at age 14 while he was in Scotland, I can say I've never seen a more polished cricketer at such a young age. Good luck to him for the future.

  • Lmaotsetung 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?

  • 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.

  • bumsonseats 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

  • Trickstar 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.

  • Optic 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.

  • PFEL 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.

  • 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!

  • threeslipsandagully 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.

  • 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.

  • on March 2, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    Having watched him score 2 tons for my club's (Musselburgh) senior 1st XI at age 14 while he was in Scotland, I can say I've never seen a more polished cricketer at such a young age. Good luck to him for the future.

  • Lmaotsetung 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?

  • 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.

  • bumsonseats 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

  • Trickstar 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.

  • Optic 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.

  • PFEL 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.

  • 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!

  • threeslipsandagully 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.

  • 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.

  • on March 2, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Quote "17-year-old Hain was born in Hong Kong but has a UK passport - both his parents are British " In the eyes of the blind, I guess that makes him foreign then.. Those would be the same eyes who see Kawaja and Henriques as pure Australian.

  • Meety on March 2, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    If that is the way the lad wishes to go, all power to him.

    @landl47 on (March 2, 2013, 4:47 GMT) - couldn't care less, but "...If anyone could have been accused of poaching it would have been Australia had he stayed there." - do you really stand by that statement? (Seriously?)

  • Thefakebook on March 2, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    Goodness me England will never produce a young home grown cricketing sensation if they just keep importing talents,any way its been working for them for centuries so why stop now.I guess I won't see a Eng team with 11 full English lads in me life time & not saying this multicultural thing is bad just saying would miss out on that and so will the home grown young lads who are better than imports they have right now.

  • landl47 on March 2, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    Unless I'm mistaken, Hong Kong doesn't have much of a cricket culture, so Hain was always going to have to play pro cricket somewhere else. Since his parents are both British (and of course Hong Kong was a British colony at the time Hain was born) it's natural he would choose England. If anyone could have been accused of poaching it would have been Australia had he stayed there.

    He looks a promising prospect, but it's far too early to tell if he will make the grade as an international player.

    @Nigel Hales: I think you'll find that a 16-year old can't enter into a binding contract and anything his parents or guardians did would only last until he reached adulthood. His contract with Warwickshire will have to be revisited once he turns 18.

  • on March 1, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    More bad news for Australia. Ponting, Martyn, Clarke and others were also under 19s that impressed.

  • on March 1, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    Hmm, a bit of a 50/50 one I think. British parents, born in HK. It's probably fair enough, although if Cricket Aust has spent a lot of time and resources developing him then that is disappointing. Perhaps CA should be smarter and require some sort of declaration of allegiance from 16 year olds before they go to the academy etc.

  • on March 1, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    Nothing new of this Hybrid Cricket team :) always steal prospect from other countries.

  • on March 1, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    Another overseas player in County Cricket that doesn't count, just what is needed!

  • on March 1, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    Another overseas player in County Cricket that doesn't count, just what is needed!

  • on March 1, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    Nothing new of this Hybrid Cricket team :) always steal prospect from other countries.

  • on March 1, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    Hmm, a bit of a 50/50 one I think. British parents, born in HK. It's probably fair enough, although if Cricket Aust has spent a lot of time and resources developing him then that is disappointing. Perhaps CA should be smarter and require some sort of declaration of allegiance from 16 year olds before they go to the academy etc.

  • on March 1, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    More bad news for Australia. Ponting, Martyn, Clarke and others were also under 19s that impressed.

  • landl47 on March 2, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    Unless I'm mistaken, Hong Kong doesn't have much of a cricket culture, so Hain was always going to have to play pro cricket somewhere else. Since his parents are both British (and of course Hong Kong was a British colony at the time Hain was born) it's natural he would choose England. If anyone could have been accused of poaching it would have been Australia had he stayed there.

    He looks a promising prospect, but it's far too early to tell if he will make the grade as an international player.

    @Nigel Hales: I think you'll find that a 16-year old can't enter into a binding contract and anything his parents or guardians did would only last until he reached adulthood. His contract with Warwickshire will have to be revisited once he turns 18.

  • Thefakebook on March 2, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    Goodness me England will never produce a young home grown cricketing sensation if they just keep importing talents,any way its been working for them for centuries so why stop now.I guess I won't see a Eng team with 11 full English lads in me life time & not saying this multicultural thing is bad just saying would miss out on that and so will the home grown young lads who are better than imports they have right now.

  • Meety on March 2, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    If that is the way the lad wishes to go, all power to him.

    @landl47 on (March 2, 2013, 4:47 GMT) - couldn't care less, but "...If anyone could have been accused of poaching it would have been Australia had he stayed there." - do you really stand by that statement? (Seriously?)

  • on March 2, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Quote "17-year-old Hain was born in Hong Kong but has a UK passport - both his parents are British " In the eyes of the blind, I guess that makes him foreign then.. Those would be the same eyes who see Kawaja and Henriques as pure Australian.

  • 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.

  • threeslipsandagully 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.