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Re: Somerset Rush Their Fences
Posted by: Bagpuss
Date: 07/04/2019 21:55
I wonder if Joe Clarke has improved his Test selection chances by moving to Trent Bridge. Four Nottinghamshire batsmen have been awarded Test caps amongst the 90 players to debut this century. Between them they have played 27 Tests; two fewer than Tim Robinson, with 29 caps and two more than Chris Broad, with 25,who both played in the 1980s.

Of the four Nottinghamshire Test batsmen of the 21st century one, Samit Patel, was picked more as a spinner who could bat than primarily for his batting, another, Alex Hales, earned his place during England's interminable hunt for an Andrew Strauss replacement at the top of the order on the back of considerable success as an ODI opener. Usman Afzal is a handy name to remember for a Sporcle quiz. The fourth is James Taylor, who may have proved to be the real deal, but thanks to a fairly rare cardiac condition he shares with a few boxers of my acquaintance (canine, not WBO) his Test career was over just as he was starting to make an impression.

Meanwhile Nottinghamshire have been casting their net around the counties to recruit batsmen. Many have trod the path to Trent Bridge, Somerset's Matt Wood and Neil Edwards among them. Few have had much success. Will it be amy different for Joe Clarke? Maybe. Certainly Notts have been on a right old recruitment drive in the last nine months or so - Derbyshire's Ben Slater and Northamptonshire's Ben Duckett join him in a batting line up of imports - only four of the side currently playing Yorkshire are home bred, none of them in the top six. They've had a good start to the season. Add James Patterson to the mix next week and Somerset will have to be a whole lot better than they've been against Kent.

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