Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Teams nearing completion?

As if to prove my point in last night's piece, Glamorgan today announced that New South Wales all-rounder Moises Henriques will replace Marcus North at the start of the season and that he is likely to bat at number five.

Hmmm... not sure what that says about their batting to be honest, as Henriques, a player with a Portuguese passport who could feasibly play in England with that if he gave up his Australian ambitions, is a decent player, but not more than that. In nearly fifty first class innings he has yet to reach a century (or anything close) and his bowling, while useful, isn't his strongest suit.

He is an athletic lad and in his favour played the innings that won the Big Bash for his side, but when I've seen him he looks a little loose in technique, not ideal for early season English tracks. Glamorgan, like a few other sides, will have been struggling to find someone available and affordable and put it this way - I'm glad we've got Guptill and Khawaja and would be slightly underwhelmed were I Welsh...

Closer to home, some of you may have read that Tom Knight missed out on an England under-19 tour to Bangladesh due to a bicep injury. I understand that the youngster is responding well to treatment and will probably join his Derbyshire team mates in Barbados for the pre-season tour, ahead of what may be a busy summer with county action and the Under-19 World Cup.

As those who saw him last year will testify, Knight is a precocious talent and seems to have a canny head on his young shoulders. He was a feature of the one-day side last year and may well be this summer, as the World Cup commitments would appear to leave him free for the T20 and perhaps the Pro 40. I don't expect him to feature in too many Championship matches with David Wainwright in the side, but he has time on his side and is likely to be a fixture of the county side for years to come. He has worked hard on his fitness over the winter, which never did anyone any harm and two left arm spinners of quality would be a real asset to Karl Krikken for the T20.

Not long to go now folks...

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