Surrey County Cricket Club: England’s greatest
Surrey County Cricket Club. 2018 County Championship Division One Champions.
Perhaps that season was the making of both their side and England’s test team. Rory Burns was the highest scorer in the division and Ollie Pope was the third-highest.
Fast forward two years. Burns and Pope are quickly establishing themselves as quality test match players. Both are likely to play for England for many years to come.
Those are just two of the top five players that Surrey County Cricket Club has given England in the past few seasons. But who are the other three gems?
Read about the remaining three superstars plus Burns and Pope below! Enjoy!
Rory Burns – Surrey County Cricket Club’s Captain
Rory Burns. Is he finally the man to fix the opening dilemma?
Rory Burns was born on the 26th of August 1990. He is already 29 years of age and therefore not a youngster by any means. However, he has played 15 test matches and has looked solid despite an odd technique.
An opening batsman has the ability to play test cricket until at least 35 or 36 years of age. Therefore, he could well be England’s long-term solution to the “Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss problem” that England have had.
Rory Burns scored a fantastic 133 versus Australia in the first Ashes test match in 2019. He batted patiently and looked solid against a fearsome Australian bowling attack. This attack featured the likes of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.
Future – He has been Surrey County Cricket Club captain since Dec 2017 – after Gareth Batty stood down from the role. As long as being a long term opener for England, he could very well take the captaincy from Joe Root.
The World Cup-winning superstar.
Jason Roy has played 87 One-day internationals until date. He has been among the key players in England’s ODI revival after a disastrous 2015 Cricket World Cup. He has played attacking cricket and formed a scintillating partnership with Jonny Bairstow. Their opening partnership average of 62.82 is the highest for any opening pair in ODI cricket history (minimum 1000 runs).
He was tried in the test set-up but struggled against superb Australian bowling attacking in the 2019 Ashes series. His test future looks in doubt, although he may be offered further chances lower down the order.
Best Innings – His 85 from 65 balls in the 2019 Cricket World Cup semi-final remains his best ODI innings, given the situation. Australia had only made 223 in their innings. Jason Roy then combined with Jonny Bairstow to destroy Australia’s bowling attack and pave the way for England to make the final.
Future – He remains an integral part of England’s white-ball side. He will be hoping to have future success with England in the two World T20’s to follow plus the 2023 Cricket World Cup.
Sam Curran was born on the 3rd of June 1998. He has played 17 test matches for England until date. His all-round abilities have been critical to England’s test team. He has not lost a test match he has played in England. He has taken 37 wickets at 31.70 and scored 711 runs at 27.34. His impact, however, extends far beyond statistics.
Best Performance – His all-round performance versus India at Edgbaston was a game-changing effort. He rescued England from 87-7 to 180 all out. His 63 not out, along with his four wickets in the first innings helped England edge a thrilling test match by 31 runs.
Future – He looks set to challenge for England’s secondary all-rounder slot in the future. With Ben Stokes being the batting all-rounder, Sam Curran could definitely be the bowling all-rounder – especially in English conditions.
The best all-round talent from Surrey County Cricket Club.
England’s Best Test Wicketkeeper Batsman.
Jos Buttler. Jonny Bairstow. Both are excellent wicketkeeper batsmen. However, both of them are significantly more important to England in the shorter formats of the game. Ben Foakes is an excellent player of spin as he showed against Sri Lanka in Galle in 2018. A poor season for Surrey County Cricket Club with the bat meant that he was not called up in The 2019 Ashes or the subsequent tour to South Africa.
Best Performance – Ben Foakes had a fantastic test debut. He dazzled with 107 at Galle in the first test of 3 match series on the subcontinent. His playing of spin was immaculate and he looked confident. He rescued England from 103-5 to 342 all out. He featured in partnerships with the lower-order and paved the way for England to win the test series 3-0.
Future – With Bairstow no longer guaranteed of a place in the test side, it seems likely that Ben Foakes will feature against the West Indies. The first test match starts on July the 8th at Southampton and I would be very surprised if Ben Foakes is not picked for it.
England’s future middle-order giant.
Ollie Pope initially struggled in test cricket against India – with the duke ball proving difficult to play. However, he grew into his role of a middle-order batsman subsequently during the tour to South Africa in 2019/20. He bats in the middle-order for Surrey County Cricket Club and should not be pushed up the order for England yet. He still has a lot to learn in test cricket.
Best Performance – Ollie Pope scored a fabulous 135 not out against South Africa at Port Elizabeth in 2020. He shared an excellent double-century partnership with Ben Stokes to help England to an innings victory.
Future – Ollie Pope is likely to stay in the middle-order for England for the time being. He has the game to bat for long periods of time and gives English Cricket hope for the future. He is a solid batsman who has the ability to have a successful test match career.
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