5 bolters for the test side

We're half way through the first rounds of the County Championship; with many of England's regulars likely tied up in the IPL for the tests versus New Zealand. My self and @joshie_green bring you 5 bolters for the test side.

Craig Overton

Craig Overton has had a very strange international career thus far. He's played in two ASHES series and yet only has 3 caps to his name. In two of those tests, he's also watched Steve Smith compile double centuries and averaged 44 with the ball all things said. So its safe to say he's been unlucky. After being on a fast bowling contract with England for the last couple of seasons; Overton is a different beast now. Noticeably quicker, more accurate and devastatingly effective; Overton is the top wicket taker in the county championship with 25 wickets in 4 games at just 14.60. More than capable with the bat, routinely bailing out his disastrous top order colleagues. If England want to bat deep; Overton is a very good bet for the number 8 slot.

Matt Parkinson

Quite how Matt Parkinson hasn't played for England in 18 months is somewhat baffling. Abandoned in the subcontinent, he was the only player to not be rotated home during the gruelling tours and given no game time; it would be understandable if Parkinson came in quietly.

Instead Parkinson has taken career best figures against Kent of 7-126 in just one innings. In the game before that, against Northants, he became a social media star dismissing Adam Rossington, with a ball that rivalled Shane Warne's historic ball of the century; spinning the ball from outside leg stump to hitting the top of off.

With an average of just 17.7 with the ball; he seems to have more than enough for English pitches. Game time alongside the hero of Headingly, Jack Leach must sure be soon.

James Bracey

Another member of the subcontinent touring party to not get any game time; James Bracey has gone off like a rocket this year. 3 half centuries and one century means Bracey is averaging 55 whilst batting at 3 and keeping wicket at the same time.

His first class average has also boomed from 33 to over 37. England's man in waiting may well have earned himself a place in the XI especially given Zak Crawley's poor form in a dire Kent side.

Toby Rolland Jones

A wild card. Rolland-Jones has had a short and impressive international career; before bad luck with injuries took their toll. Rolland Jones this year can do little wrong with bat or ball.

If you cast your mind back to 2017; he averaged 19.93 across the test summer including an impressive 5fer against a very strong South African side. Averaging 18.23 with the ball and proving capable with the bat including a 46* against Surrey; could this be the season that Rolland-Jones forces his way into England contention again.

Matt Critchley

If anytime there was a time to hit a streak of form as an allrounder, the time was now. Ben Stokes injured and Chris Woakes with Delhi in the IPL. 15 wickets in the county championship thus far at 32.80 and averaging 60 with the bat including a century and four centuries. The leg spinning allrounder has definitely turned some heads.

Whilst unlikely to play as a first spinner, a spinning allrounder in addition to Jack Leach would help balance the side if the pitch suited it.


So there we have it; 5 names going for England selection. Plenty of others missed out purely for brevity including Sussex's brilliant Ollie Robinson. Let us know what you think @InsideEdgeCrick

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