The England and Wales Cricket Board recently announced a three-match Test series against West Indies in July and series against Pakistan in August. Live cricket will soon be on our screens and we can stop basking in the glory of games gone by. In this article, we will be looking at the main bowlers who could feature for England.
Will the cross-format stars like Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, and Jofra Archer be saved for the test matches or will they be allowed to play in the shorter formats too?
If Ed Smith, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan decide to split their forces, there could be new bowlers featuring this summer. In this article, we will highlight three bowlers who could feature at some point during the summer.
Olly Stone: – Bowlers who could feature for England
The elusive search for a 90mph bowler had plagued England for a long time. With the emergence of Archer and the return to fitness of Mark Wood, their quick bowling stocks have never looked better. Olly Stone has long been touted as the solution to the speed problem but has been beset by injuries in his career so far.
His brief appearances have shown all the tools to be a fearsome fast bowler. Seven deliveries into his ODI debut he bounced out Niroshan Dickwella on a placid pitch in Sri Lanka with a rasping delivery.
The 26-year-old is much more than just pace. His test debut displayed his ability to bowl away swing with control, including a beauty to dismiss Balbirnie.
Looking ahead to the 2021 Ashes series in Australia, Stone could be a major factor as England aim to avoid another down under disaster.
The Warwickshire man is clearly a player England want in the squad. His selection this summer for was a testament to that. To reach his much-touted potential, he needs to find a way to remain injury-free. A bowling line-up featuring all of Archer, Wood, and Stone could certainly unsettle batsmen around the world. All of these are quick bowlers who could unsettle batsmen.
Earning his way into the side over the winter after a stellar 2019 campaign for Lancashire, Mahmood could become a key bowler across all formats for England.
The 23-year-old is another who lights up the speed gun. However, he is much more than just a pace merchant. His ability to swing and seam the new ball is matched by his skill at extracting reverse swing. It should come as no surprise that this has seen him adapt to the shorter forms with ease, as he became the first bowler for Lancashire to take successive five-wicket hauls in List-A games.
His initial forays in an England shirt haven’t been spectacular. Three wickets at an economy rate of 11.50. However, Mahmood’s career overall is much more impressive. He has an average of fewer than 26 runs per wicket across both T20 and 50 over cricket.
In terms of this summer, Mahmood could feature in the limited-overs games should England keep Archer for Test matches. Longer-term, Mahmood could be a real weapon as the ball often reverse-swings in subcontinental conditions. Keep an eye out on him being part of the side that plays in the rescheduled tour of Sri Lanka and future series against India. Mahmood was one of the bowlers who featured versus South Africa.
Saqib Mahmood may be suited to the white-ball game but he isn’t the only contender. The next man on the list also has a very similar skillset and could step into the role.
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A variety of off cutters, knuckleballs and yorkers are Pat Brown’s stock and trade -making him the ideal bowler for the shorter formars. It should come as no surprise that this is where his strengths are, given the 20-year-old has grown up with T20 cricket being so prominent.
He burst onto the scene during the 2018 Natwest T20 Blast where he picked up 31 wickets during Worcestershire’s maiden title win. He often plays T20 cricket for franchises worldwide. However, it was while training with the Melbourne Heat that he suffered a stress fracture to this back. This injury stopped him from participating on the tour to South Africa.
His four appearances in T20I’s against New Zealand did not bring the statistical results that maybe Brown would have wanted but his domestic record is outstanding. From 40 matches Brown has an average of 20.96 runs per wicket at an economy rate of 8.32. In comparison, Jasprit Bumrah has an average of 22.51. Despite the sample size, Brown is in illustrious company statistics wise.
Brown is clearly a player that England has earmarked as someone who could play a big role. The importance of wickets to slow the scoring rate is vital in T20 cricket and Brown has shown throughout his young career that he is indeed a wicket-taker.
Long-term, Brown looks destined to be a part of England’s white-ball sides for years to come. Whether he makes the step up in the red ball games is yet to be seen.
These are just three players who could feature during this truncated English summer but there are plenty more. The likes of Ollie Robinson have been very successful in the county circuit. For once, England’s fast bowling cupboard looks well stocked.
These are the 3 main bowlers who could feature for England. In essence, they should have all the ingredients to take wickets across formats and in all conditions.
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