Friday, 12 April 2013

Alec Stewart

Geoff Miller and the other England selectors spend many hours watching county cricket, which allows them to assess a player's ability, technique, character and personality before selecting them for the next step up.To mark the first day of the new season, I'm going to look at some teams to watch in the County Championship and discuss some of the domestic game's star performers. Root, who is 22, has been earmarked as a player of great potential for a couple of years now and is developing very nicely. However, if you just looked at his statistics he didn't stand out as an automatic pick - yet the England selectors had seen something special in him while playing for Yorkshire and when he was with the various ECB performance squads.Nick Compton and Joe Root are fine examples of players who have graduated to the England team over the winter and their selections should motivate every county player with ambitions to play for their country.Compton is at the other end of the scale - he is now 29 and had been playing county cricket for a number of years before eventually earning his Test selection through sheer weight of runs for Somerset.

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