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Cricket: The players in the West of England that you could have known on the world stage

After England’s draw with South Africa in their ODI series. Who are the players on the county circuit who have never been given a fair crack at international cricket?

In the West country alone, England have picked the likes of Moeen Ali, Tom Banton and Pat Brown.

But who from the area could have made it on the biggest stage of them all but never been given a fair crack of the whip?

Well here is my best of the rest from the West, one to 11 white ball team.

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Opening batsmen

  1. Colin Ingram (Glamorgan, Somerset 2014-2018)

The South African overseas was a constant run machine in the West Country from 2014 to 2018 for both Glamorgan and Somerset. The left-hander averaged 62.03 in the Royal London One Day Cup, but only played 31 games for his home country. It begs the question that despite the lack of success the Proteas have had in the white ball game, how hasn’t Ingram been picked more?

2. Michael Klinger (Gloucestershire 2014-2017)

The Gloucestershire opening batsman was a guarantee for runs ever since coming over from Australia 2014. He just tops his batting partner in the averages department with 66.59. Yet he’s never played an ODI for the Aussies. Appreciated David Warner and Aaron Finch are world class, but I’m sure he should have been given a chance in one of their experimental white ball teams.


Middle Order

Bowlers

8. Benny Howell (Gloucestershire 2014- Present)

60 wickets at five an over, Benny Howell is a hidden gem in Gloucestershire. Not only his bowling expertise he also averages 27 in first class cricket. Howell is a top class cricketer but simply not an England type of player, he doesn’t bowl quick enough for the ECB’s liking even though he is incredibly effective.

9. Lewis Gregory (Somerset 2014- Present)

A seamer who can hit a long ball. Gregory is the ideal number nine. As fourth highest wicket-taker in the competition with 64 wickets, this is the strike bowler required to make a good white ball team. The question remains with him, is it his skill that gets him wickets, or the green pitches at Taunton? The ECB seem to think it is the latter.

10. Tom Smith (Gloucestershire 2014- Present)

Smith is the teams front line spinner. England are still trialing and testing the spin department, so the ECB may take a chance on him. However at 32 years old, I can’t see it happening. He may not take bundles of wickets in this team but his economical rate of 5.30 shows that he definitely has the credentials.

11. David Payne (Gloucestershire 2014-Present)

Payne is in contention in being the best economical bowler in the West Country, going at only five and a half an over. That is an unbelivable achiuevemnt in today’s high scoring game. Unfortuantely for him, Tom Curran is England’s go to man in this category.

*Royal London One Day Cup stats start as of the 2014 season

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