Saturday, 5 April 2008

The Young Pretenders 2008

We continue our brief look at the top eleven up and coming talented youngsters who will be on display in county cricket over the English summer. The qualifiers are all under the age of 23 and are looking to establish themselves in their respective county sides this season.

Billy Godleman (19) – Middlesex – Left Hand Opening Batsman

Godleman was identified as a future England player when he was just 15 years of age. He is the second youngest player to have represented Middlesex, behind his team mate and fellow young pretender, Steven Finn. He scored an unbeaten 149 against Pakistan U19’s in 2007, which is the highest innings score by an England youth player. He has a little of Andrew Strauss about him, in that he likes to play square of the wicket, especially to leg. He is also a part time leg spinner.

Tom Smith (22) – Lancashire – Right Arm Medium-Fast Bowler

Smith promised much at youth level and hasn’t had a bad start to his Lancashire career. He is an economical and accurate bowler who excels at bringing the ball back into the batsman. He is also handy with the bat and will likely make a decent number eight in the future. Furthermore, to make him a fully multi-faceted cricketer, Smith is an able slip fielder. Smith has a lot of competition for a place though, in the form of Dominic Cork, Sajid Mahmood, James Anderson, Andrew Flintoff, Glenn Chapple, Kyle Hogg and Oliver Newby.

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