Selectors should watch more Under-19 cricket

Graveney admits to faults

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

March 2, 2006

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David Graveney was in Sri Lanka to watch England crash for 58 in the Under-19 semi-final © Getty Images
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David Graveney, the England chairman of selectors, has said that his committee do not spend as much time as they should with England's junior players and 'A' teams.

Graveney, who was in Sri Lanka to watch the Under-19 side participate at the World Cup in Colombo admitted that it was the first time he had watched them at close quarters during his 10-year tenure as chairman.

"We've not done anything. It is definitely my fault, that's my call," admitted Graveney. "Anywhere in the world if you are not actually there with the senior team you can always switch the TV on and watch it.

"There is no TV coverage for England 'A' and for U-19 I think it's a good process for the selectors to get to know the young lads and their parents, and they get to know us. Then we can see how they progress because everybody who starts at this level wants to play in the senior team. I'll be making a report on this."

England went as far as the Super League semi-finals before crashing to 58 all out against India. Graveney said everybody wanted to win but there were a few things that need to be taken into consideration.

"The main thing for England is the players learn from playing in the subcontinent. Hopefully, they will have the same opportunity in a few years time. We need to spend more time in the subcontinent which we have done.

"We need to develop our players to bowl spin and play spin which is always stated to be a weaker hand. I wouldn't say we can't do it. It is just a weaker hand. In England you have to be a top notch wrist spinner like Shane Warne to be successful. The wickets themselves tend to favour the quicker bowling than slow bowling."

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