Bubbles wrote: ↑Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:36 pm
Youth a shortened season what an ideal opportunity to blood our younger cricketers. As I have stated many times before a young cricketer is 17 or 18 onwards. Our bunch of "youngsters" are now in their early twenties without having a chance at senior cricket. We currently have a dearth of 2nd/1st team players are in their early twenties who should know what to expect.
Personally I think that over the last few years we have had a much better balance to the team in terms of ages. If you look back to 2014 I did some calculations as to the average age of the team we were fielding and it was over 31. There were 8 players over 30. The last game of 2019 included Patel, Wagg and Hogan but still the average age was 29. In 2014 we lacked players in their mid 20s.
If we look at a possible XI to start the first 4 day game this season:
Timm van der Gugten
Marchant de Lange
The average age of this team is just over 27. A big improvement from 2014 and these players in their 20s have had plenty of senior cricket (injuries allowing in the case of Smith and Bull). The one disappointment is only 5 have come through the Welsh age-group system (same as 2014) . If you wanted to strengthen the batting you could bring Douthwaite in for TvdG or De Lange and the average age comes down further.
No problem giving the likes of Horton a go. Not sure who else is pushing from the Academy. Would be great to see some who are good enough to play.