England news September 29, 2011

England youngsters set for busy winter

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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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  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding 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.

  • POSTED BY RohanMarkJay 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.

  • POSTED BY Chunter on | September 30, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding

    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.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding 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?

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY KeithLawrence 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.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding 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.

  • POSTED BY woodenbox85 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!

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats 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

  • POSTED BY SoqedHozi 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!

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding 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.

  • POSTED BY RohanMarkJay 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.

  • POSTED BY Chunter on | September 30, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding

    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.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding 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?

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY KeithLawrence 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.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding 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.

  • POSTED BY woodenbox85 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!

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats 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

  • POSTED BY SoqedHozi 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!

  • POSTED BY SoqedHozi on | September 30, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    Ben Brown has the potential to be the next england 'keeper after Proir!

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    Will Gidman, the first player in 15 years and first Englishman since 1989 to score 1000 runs and take 50 wickets in a season - ignored. But then he plays for Gloucestershire, doesn't he? And don't throw the Division 2 argument at me, as where did Roy and Maynard score their runs, and Taylor and Naik take their wickets? Also David Payne, a promising left-armer with almost 50 wickets last season - ignored. Someone buy these selectors a map with Bristol on it, or do they only know the way to the Oval?

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    So Morgan and if Rankin plays for England therefore taking two of their best players and weakening the Irish team is helping them how?

    Plus isn't it the England and Wales cricket team and Ireland and Scotland have their own International teams and England taking the best Irish players is going to stop them becoming a Test nation which is surely the goal for Ireland.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | September 30, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    The squads look to be quite well balanced, and is a chance for younger players to experience different conditions and is seen as a part of thier cricketing education. As for the 'Irishmen', wasnt Rankin born in Derry, which if I remember correctly is in NI, and thus Part of the UK. I have no problems with selecting other Irish players for these tours, if nothing else were helping Ireland develop. Being picked for these tours doesnt mean you are automatically selected for the full team, more that the England management want to have a look at them to see if they have the ability to make it at the top level.

  • POSTED BY Lanky1 on | September 29, 2011, 22:44 GMT

    I hope we have finally laid to rest the idea that it is possible to change Monty Panesar from the one-dimensional bowler he has always been. The selectors have seen sense by picking Lancashire's current second and third choice slow left arm bowlers ahead of him.

  • POSTED BY Matty_Clark on | September 29, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    also surely someone like Ansari is more promising than Jigar Naik and the like?

  • POSTED BY Matty_Clark on | September 29, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    Having watched Surrey regularly over the past few years, the fact that Hamilton-Brown misses out in both squads seems remarkable to me; Roy gets in the main epp squad despite being imo a less complete batsman, while the likes of Chopra and Wells make the second squad because of one good season? If scoring 1000 runs in the championship (+a similar mark last season), and the decisive innings in the high pressure cb40 final means he is left out at the expense of these promising, in some cases slightly-above-average players, it seems he'll have a tough time ever getting in at all.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    Wow! just noticed that the Development squad is 100% English.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    I know it's a bit of a left field choice but I would have liked the see Max Waller given a spot in the development squad, he is a talented wrist spinner who needs as much cricket as possible to improve but I'm afraid that Somerset have chosen Irish lad Dockerell over Waller so he has had limited cricket, so it would have been good for the ECB to pick Waller for experience.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    Joyce, Morgan and now Rankin with Dockerell to follow soon I'm sure! is this not rather short sighted of the ECB? surely picking overseas players like the four Irishmen above and the South Africans Trott, Kieswetter and Pieterson may make some talented young English cricketers turn their back on the sport for another like football if as some do have a choice of both! I know that if I thought my path to a England spot was going to be taken by an overseas player then I would pick the money of football everytime! Also we must not forget Irish cricket as well because how will it progress if England take all its best players.

  • POSTED BY OhhhhMattyMatty on | September 29, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    Insane depth to English cricket at the moment. Only weakness is in batting depth really. Our keeper situation is frightening. England probably have 5 of the 10 or so best keeper-batsmen in world cricket (Prior, Davies, Kieswetter, Bairstow, Foster). As well as having 5 of the 10 or so best fast bowlers as well (Anderson, Broad, Bresnan, Finn, Tremlett). Really excited about Woakes and Buttler. Suprised there is no Reece Topley or Azeem Rafiq though.

  • POSTED BY SDHM on | September 29, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    @BoratShah - I think Panesar's guaranteed a spot this winter to be honest. I'd like to have seen Lewis Gregory and Reece Topley involved myself, but it's a good bunch of players. I think that maybe they should swap the camps around - give fast bowlers experience bowling on deathly flat and dry wickets in the subcontinent, and the spinners on less friendly tracks in South Africa - it could stand them in better stead later on in their careers. And @Chris Herion - no, it doesn't. Rankin has to represent the full England side to be ineligible for Ireland. I still don't think they need to pick him though; there are plenty of talented young seamers for England not to have to poach him in my eyes.

  • POSTED BY Paul_JT on | September 29, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    Disappointed at no Jack Brooks (Northants) and surprised at no Onions. Especially as Shahzad, despite his misdemeanours, and another Irishman in Rankin have been included. Otherwise very impressive strength in depth.

  • POSTED BY BoratShah on | September 29, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    What about someone like Graham Onions or Monty Panesar, who might just miss out on a place in the main squad ?

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Does this mean that Boyd Rankin is no longer eligible to play for Ireland now then?

  • POSTED BY yorkshire-86 on | September 29, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Where is Adam Lyth? Fastest batsmen ever to 1000 championship runs last season, had a good tour with the dev squad to Australia and even featured as 12th man for the senior England team, and rated as the long term replacement for Strauss. A few bad games in the CC earlier this year and he is forgotten?

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    England have been doing this for a few years now, and the results are obvious in the raised standard of FC cricket in England and the wealth of young talent clamouring for international experience. I assume the ECB pays its way and would have no problems if other nations sent development squads to England (if they don't already). What particularly impressed me a couple of years back was the WICB allowing the Lions to take part in their domestic FC season. I'm not so sure the ECB would allow an Aussie or India A team join the county championship.

  • POSTED BY adm21 on | September 29, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    @Homer : I suspect it is mainly training given that: they are splitting the fast bowlers from everyone else for the overseas part; there is a proper Lions tour later in the winter.

  • POSTED BY SoqedHozi on | September 29, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    No place for Will Beer, Matt Machan or Ben Brown? Good depth in English cricket at the moment :)

  • POSTED BY SDHM on | September 29, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Homer - not sure. The Lions were part of the first class competition in the Caribbean last winter, but I doubt they will be in SA or India - there will probably be a few first class games against a couple of teams who might not be involved on certain days and the like. I would have liked to see Lewis Gregory and Reece Topley involved, but there's still plenty of young talent there, but it seems that Rashid has been overlooked again - he's a more promising bowler than someone like Naik or even Borthwick for me. He had a better season than Shazhad at least! I also wouldn't have minded seeing it swapped around - maybe seeing the fast bowlers going to India and the spinners to SA to gain experience in unfriendly bowling conditions. However, these programmes seem to be producing talented cricketers, so my opinion won't count for much!

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | September 29, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    that should have read the ecb not the icc. its my age dont laugh.as a add on not many from overseas unless wales is classed as a no no from our doubters. dpk

  • POSTED BY Homer2007 on | September 29, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    Is this being done on a reciprocal basis or are India and South Africa just rolling the red carpet for the England Performance squad? Given that this coincides with the Indian and South African domestic seasons, is this going to be just training and coaching tour or will competitive cricket be played?

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | September 29, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    perhaps the guys who ask, why to them is meaningless 1 dayers should understand the amount of money the icc spend on development of their young players that also includes guys that maybe born overseas but are of british stock. this planing shows why now we are the #1 team in test match cricket and is very commendable. dpk

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | September 29, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Now that's what I call preparing for the next generation.. Unlike some other nations, it looks like England aren't waiting until the senior guys retire before getting their replacements acclimatised..they are blooding them now. Good thinking by Andy Flower and the selectors. Obviously they believe in the old saying "Fail to prepare... Prepare to fail"

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  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | September 29, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Now that's what I call preparing for the next generation.. Unlike some other nations, it looks like England aren't waiting until the senior guys retire before getting their replacements acclimatised..they are blooding them now. Good thinking by Andy Flower and the selectors. Obviously they believe in the old saying "Fail to prepare... Prepare to fail"

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | September 29, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    perhaps the guys who ask, why to them is meaningless 1 dayers should understand the amount of money the icc spend on development of their young players that also includes guys that maybe born overseas but are of british stock. this planing shows why now we are the #1 team in test match cricket and is very commendable. dpk

  • POSTED BY Homer2007 on | September 29, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    Is this being done on a reciprocal basis or are India and South Africa just rolling the red carpet for the England Performance squad? Given that this coincides with the Indian and South African domestic seasons, is this going to be just training and coaching tour or will competitive cricket be played?

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | September 29, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    that should have read the ecb not the icc. its my age dont laugh.as a add on not many from overseas unless wales is classed as a no no from our doubters. dpk

  • POSTED BY SDHM on | September 29, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Homer - not sure. The Lions were part of the first class competition in the Caribbean last winter, but I doubt they will be in SA or India - there will probably be a few first class games against a couple of teams who might not be involved on certain days and the like. I would have liked to see Lewis Gregory and Reece Topley involved, but there's still plenty of young talent there, but it seems that Rashid has been overlooked again - he's a more promising bowler than someone like Naik or even Borthwick for me. He had a better season than Shazhad at least! I also wouldn't have minded seeing it swapped around - maybe seeing the fast bowlers going to India and the spinners to SA to gain experience in unfriendly bowling conditions. However, these programmes seem to be producing talented cricketers, so my opinion won't count for much!

  • POSTED BY SoqedHozi on | September 29, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    No place for Will Beer, Matt Machan or Ben Brown? Good depth in English cricket at the moment :)

  • POSTED BY adm21 on | September 29, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    @Homer : I suspect it is mainly training given that: they are splitting the fast bowlers from everyone else for the overseas part; there is a proper Lions tour later in the winter.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    England have been doing this for a few years now, and the results are obvious in the raised standard of FC cricket in England and the wealth of young talent clamouring for international experience. I assume the ECB pays its way and would have no problems if other nations sent development squads to England (if they don't already). What particularly impressed me a couple of years back was the WICB allowing the Lions to take part in their domestic FC season. I'm not so sure the ECB would allow an Aussie or India A team join the county championship.

  • POSTED BY yorkshire-86 on | September 29, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Where is Adam Lyth? Fastest batsmen ever to 1000 championship runs last season, had a good tour with the dev squad to Australia and even featured as 12th man for the senior England team, and rated as the long term replacement for Strauss. A few bad games in the CC earlier this year and he is forgotten?

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Does this mean that Boyd Rankin is no longer eligible to play for Ireland now then?