Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Trio Of Academy Players Get England Development Programme Call-Up

Trio Of Academy Players Get England Development Programme Call-Up

Three of Worcestershire CCC's promising youngsters have been invited to be part of England's Development Programme.

Paceman Josh Tongue, spinner Ben Twohig and batsman Josh Dell – all part of the 2014-2015 Academy intake – will form part of the group of youngsters where the focus will be on the post 2016 Under-19 World Cup period.

Twohig and Tongue recently signed their first professional contracts with the county.

Twohig has had previous involvement with the EDP and played for the Under-17s against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year.

He is also on stand-by as a reserve for the pre World Cup camp in Sri Lanka.

Worcestershire Academy coach Elliot Wilson said: "It's exciting times and I'm pleased for all three of them. There are two parts to the EDP programme this year. The full programme is the group of players they are preparing for the Under-19 World Cup in February-March time.

"Then they have also identified a group of 10 players to work underneath this group with an eye on the next 18 months – next summer and the winter and summer after that really.

"The three guys have been invited into the EDP group with an eye on the future although Ben Twohig has been put on standby for the World Cup in Bangladesh.

"They will do three camps, one at the end of the season, one in November and one in March-April time, all at Loughborough."

Wilson added: "It is just another opportunity to work with good coaches with the best Under-16s, Under-17s in the country, one for their own development and also good to see where you are in relation to your peers, all the other good players in your age group.

"It will be exciting to see how the guys get on with it.

"Ben has had a few EPP experiences and the Super Fours twice and had a trip to the UAE last February and played for the Under-17s against Pakistan.

"This time it is more of a formal involvement. The invitational trip that went out to the UAE last year was a bit more informal but this one is more formal and it is quite exciting to get that recognition.

"All three have made good contributions and are exciting cricketers. People who look at them know these guys can play.

"They've back that up with performances and all three of them have worked their tails off and they are getting their rewards."