Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Clarke Named As Contender To Break Into Full England Squad By Bayliss

Joe Clarke is part of a trio of young batsmen identified by England head coach Trevor Bayliss as a potential contender to break into the senior squad.

Worcestershire batsman Clarke, Lancashire’s Liam Livingstone and Essex’s Dan Lawrence has been named by Bayliss.

He says it is important for up and coming talent to be “given a chance sooner rather than later.”

Clarke made his first senior appearance in England colours last month and scored 45 in a two-day friendly with a Cricket Australia X1 in Perth.

He has been named in the England Lions squad for the tour of the West Indies next month but a full squad for the tour of New Zealand is also to be announced shortly.

Bayliss said: “There’s been some chat over the past few series about how we can start getting in some of those younger players.

“We’ve seen Craig Overton and Tom Curran make their debuts on this (Ashes) tour and  possibly Mason Crane as well.

“From a batting point of view, we want to see some of the younger guys in England pushing a little harder to get in.

“Livingstone, Lawrence and Clarke have all been mentioned in the past six months or so as being the next guys coming through.

“We need an opportunity to put them in. Is this the opportunity? And we have to ask if the guys here in the Ashes squad have done enough to warrant further selection.

“You want to see young guys putting pressure on. It’s important for the team’s success over the long term that they are given a chance sooner rather than later.”