England news September 29, 2011

England youngsters set for busy winter

ESPNcricinfo staff

England's second tier of players will experience a busy winter after the Performance Programme schedule and squads up until Christmas were confirmed. The main 17-man squad, which includes call-ups for Surrey pair Jason Roy and Tom Maynard plus Lancashire's left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan, will train in Loughborough during November before being split onto two trips depending on their roles.

The batsmen, spinners and wicketkeepers will head to India while the fast bowlers will be based at Potchefstroom in South Africa. Meanwhile, another 13-man squad of players below the main EPP level will also train at the National Academy in Loughborough before heading to either Sri Lanka or India for more intensive development. There will then be a full Lions tour to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in 2012 with that party due to be named in December.

The two squads emphasise the current depth in English cricket with seven of the main EPP squad having already played international cricket including Jonny Bairstow, Scott Borthwick and Chris Woakes who will head to India for the one-day series next week plus Alex Hales and Jos Buttler who have will join for the Twenty20.

Of those who have yet to represent England, Maynard and Roy have been rewarded for their part in Surrey's resurgence. Maynard scored 1022 runs in the Championship and was the club's leading run-maker in the Friends Life t20, while Roy was Surrey's most successful batsman in the CB40 with 585 runs. Meanwhile Kerrigan, who had a brief spell with the Lions earlier in the summer, played a key role in Lancashire's Championship success including figures of 9 for 51 against Hampshire.

There is also a strong crop of fast bowlers which includes Ajmal Shahzad despite his difficult season for Yorkshire where he took 25 wickets at 41 in the Championship. Boyd Rankin, the Ireland pace bowler rated as the finest on the county circuit by Marcus Trescothick, is also part of the squad as is Nathan Buck from Leicestershire.

"The England Performance Programme provides an excellent opportunity for those players identified as having considerable talent to train together in an England environment throughout the winter and further develop as cricketers," David Parsons, the performance director, said. "This is an exciting group of young cricketers with all but three players selected for the England Performance Programme this winter having represented England Lions or England this year.

"We recognise the need to develop a pool of players who are all capable of playing key roles in international cricket when the need arises and this programme allows us to continue working with those identified as having the ability to perform at the highest level.

The other 13-man squad - a third rung in English cricket - includes Tymal Mills, the Essex pace bowler, who is considered to have the potential of bowling very rapidly and Middlesex's Toby Roland-Jones who has been on the selectors' radar this season but has struggled with injury.

"This programme allows us to work with a group of players who have shown considerable promise both in age group cricket and in county cricket," Parsons said. "Batsmen and spin bowlers will have training blocks in both Loughborough and Sri Lanka as well as a seven week match play opportunity in Sri Lanka giving players a useful opportunity to develop their skills in sub-continent conditions.

"The fast bowlers in the group will undertake a conditioning block in Loughborough before a training camp in India," he added. "This has been a key stage in the development of a number of young fast bowlers who have gone to represent England Lions and England with Steven Finn, Stuart Meaker, Jade Dernbach and Chris Woakes all benefiting from this programme in recent years."

England Performance Programme Jonny Bairstow, Scott Borthwick, Danny Briggs, Nathan Buck, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, James Harris, Simon Kerrigan, Tom Maynard, Stuart Meaker, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ajmal Shahzad, James Taylor, James Vince, Chris Woakes

Development squad Moeen Ali, Moin Ashraf, Karl Brown, Varun Chopra, Matthew Coles, Matthew Dunn, Tymal Mills, Jigar Naik, Stephen Parry, Toby Roland-Jones, Alex Wakely, Luke Wells, Adam Wheater

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  • Jason on October 1, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    @Chunter, so what, Rankin is a british citizenand so is entitled to play for England, as there is no such thing as an English Citizen. In the end it his decision if he choses to play for england, but hes at the wrong end of his 20's and at the end of a long list of fast bowlers. With that said Ireland actually benefit more than England as Rankin gets access to top better coaching and facilities that he otherwise would playing for Ireland.

  • Mark on September 30, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    This is why England will continue to have good cricketers in the future, England has their own Cricket training camps in places like Southern Spain, Florida etc. Places in the world which are known for their Sunny weather all year round. So their cricketers are prepared and find it easier to will acclimatise to the hotter, tougher humid conditions they will inevitably encounter especially in India and Sri Lanka. Which are so different to conditions they have in England.

  • Dudley on September 30, 2011, 15:19 GMT


    Derry or Dublin, it makes no difference. The Ireland cricket team represents the island of Ireland. Scotland also has its own team, and the 'England' team also represents Wales.

  • Jason on September 30, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    @KiethLawrence, possibly, but as far as I was aware they are limited to the number of overseas players they can have just like the counties. The question really is what is an overseas player? Take Meaker and Dernbach as examples thier families both emmigrated to the UK from SA, they recieved british passports and a right to remain, all before they were succesful, should this exclude them from taking part in any semi-professional/professional sport in the UK because they werent born in the UK? Also the England Cricket systems has invested time and money in his development, so shouldnt England benefit from his services if good enough?

  • Dummy4 on September 30, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    Darren Cook : As per Irish cricket you are not looking at the wider picture, I suggest you take on board the views of the Irish cricket board before you post further on the subject. What is holding back Ireland , in terms of test cricket , is basic infrastructure not the fact that a couple of emerging players may end up representing England. The emergance of Irish players at English county level and especially of Morgan at international level has done wonders for Irish cricket at grass roots level , this will be the catalyst eventually to improve Irish cricket to a point where test status may be attainable.

  • Keith on September 30, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    Having read many articles and comments recently with regard the number of South African players wearing English colours, is it not time that the lower levels of English cricket - the simple clubs, stopped "pumping" monies into overseas professionals, because it is here where the problem is starting. English cricket is competing on the national stage due to good management and lots of money, but the quality of club cricket across the country remains poor. Due to the lack of depth or the spread of the "good player" pool you find clubs each year investing money into overseas players, where the money would be better served given english children under the age of 16 decent synthetic wickets and matches to develop their skills... as opposed to 20/20 on a Wednesday night. When English clubs really start developing young players and not leaving it to private schools... only then can we be proud of our structure and results.

  • Jason on September 30, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    Rankin is well down the order and at 27 he's unlikely to play for England, especially when you consider the seam bowling bench includes Anderson, Bresnan, Broad, Finn, and Tremlett. With Onions, Shahzad, Meaker, and Dernbach all ahead of him. The way to look at it is that the ECB are helping Ireland develop by giving thier players access to the England coaching set up and facilites that they could only dream if they were to be ignored.

  • James on September 30, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    @Matty_Clark; Zaf Ansari may have the potential to be a fine all-round cricketer in, the shorter form of the game especially if this season is anything to go by, but Jig Naik has already shown enough mettal to perform in an under-performing Leicestershire team, and is capable of First Class 100s, which as a second string isn't too shabby.

    I really like the idea of the 2 sub-squads...long live our reign at the top!

  • david on September 30, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    im not sure if its england talking the irish guys into playing for england. its the other way, through their county coach putting the players own remarks to the ecb. during the 80s and 90s how many english football players went and played for ireland. im sorry for irish cricket, but they will never be able to have test cricket, they just do not have the players or the teams. and to say they never will if they keep on been selected for england is folly. in the letters on this subject its good to see writers with their own selections of players missing. less average overseas in particular, poor australians taking the place of our young guys. dpk

  • Thomas on September 30, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    @Lanky1 Panessar's one-day game has improved remarkably this last season. He bowled four overs in a game during the t20 competion without conceeding a boundary! He has become so much more canny! However, he is not "developing" as he is established now. If older players were to be included I'd like to see Nash in there too considering he is in the CB40 team of the year!

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