Hampshire Cricket History

That’s the trick
December 8, 2016, 8:34 am
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Good stuff from Jennings – even if he was dropped on nought. Interesting to look at his county career – in three-and-a-half seasons, only last season did he average better than the low 30s, whereas Vince has played twice as much, with four seasons averaging more than that, including two over 60 – but that never converted into Test quality. So the trick is clearly to rely on the productive system that’s also given them Prior, Trott and Pietersen – and it’s cheaper!

PS There have only ever been three Hampshire-born, Hampshire cricketers who have played Tests for England, whereas four of the last five England batsmen to score a century on Test debut were born in South Africa (I forgot one above – and KP didn’t)

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If it ain’t broke! Ha ha

Comment by Paul

The one I forgot was Strauss

Comment by pompeypop

David Gower was saying on Sky this morning that the advent of the likes of Hameed, Jennings and Duckett is a credit to the county system, something that Bayliss had called for a year ago.

Comment by Peter Jeffs

Did he say that? I don’t understand what he means – we’ve had a ‘county system’ for over 100 years. When I was a kid I saw players it produced like Trueman, Statham, Tyson, Bedser, Boycott, Barrington, Illingworth, Close, Parks, Murray, Lock, Laker, Knott, Underwood etc. Some of them were quite good – and that’s ignoring all those that came through the universities too.

Where’s Duckett? Not in this side or the ODI/IT20 squads. Hameed played just four county matches in 2015, Jennings captained SA Under-19s a few years ago.

The county system also produced from last season, Carberry, Vince, Lyth, Robson, Borthwick, Compton, Jordan, Ballance, Key, Kerrigan, (Rikki) Clarke, Rankin, Read, and Foster all of whom played for England and were cast aside – and there are quite a few counties now who never seem to have any serious England prospects.

Does Trump write his scripts?

Comment by pompeypop

Mind you the county system produced a hugely promising young quick bowler in Stephen Finn a few years back and England in their wisdom decided to modify his action and he has rarely looked the same bowler since.

I would also argue that the totally unsympathetic handling of Kerrigan in his one match ended his Test career.

And I am sure there are others I have forgotten about.

So perhaps at times the fault with players failing at Test level is more to do with the England system rather than the county system?

Comment by James

Steven Finn that should have read of course!

Comment by James

Good point James – maybe Danny Briggs and Michael Carberry too?

Comment by pompeypop

And Udal and Middleton maybe.

Comment by Paul

Dual yes but Tony will always say that he made the decision to change instead of doing well what got him there in the first place – and then he couldn’t get back. Might have helped him as a coach. Of course back in the 1950s and 60s England didn’t have people who interfered, just a captain to run things and a manager on tour. Same with the counties. Jimmy Gray would say that Henry Horton was his coach because he was watching him from 20 yards away.

Comment by Dave Allen

I’m sorry about Dual. Predictive text won’t let me write Udal there (I tried twice)

Comment by Dave Allen

I think you may have opened up a whole new avenue of cricketing anagrams there Dave!

Comment by James

As the ECB think that Championship cricket is only watched by old fogies (and the dog), we should be watching our cricket at the e-SAGA Bowl!

Comment by John West

Excellent John!

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