Sadly, cricket does not get the global respect that it deserves. However, in the British Commonwealth countries where it gets played with passion, it is more than just a game for many. Cricket in India today is a way of life, and the same applies to England, where the number of young cricketers keeps rising year on year. Thus, there are many players to pay attention to who may soon become regular national team members. Let us review what many consider the best four such prospects below.
At the start of 2020, Thomas Alexander Lammonby was pretty much an unknown England U19 graduate. Yet, by the end of the year, playing for Somerset, he made sure that all scouts and fans know his name as the breakthrough player of the Bob Willis Trophy.
Born in 2000, Lammonby is a left-handed all-rounder that played for the England U19 team at the 2018 Cricket World Cup. He is now the man to look out for in the Somerset team, as he has been responsible for many wins throughout 2021. A notable performance of his was freewheeling 90 from 36 balls against Gloucestershire in mid-July.
Staying on the topic of Somerset, Tom Lammonby’s teammate, Lewis Goldsworthy, is another English gem that should shine in 2022. He was one of only a few bright spots in England’s super disappointing U19 World Cup 2020 campaign, which led to his T20 Blast debut in September of that year.
He has now played for Somerset in the Royal London One-Day Cup and the 2021 County Championship. Goldsworthy is a right-handed all-rounder who has yet to showcase everything he can pull off on a cricket field.
Matty Potts is a right-handed bowler that made his first-class debut for Durham in 2017 at that year’s County Championship. A year later, he made his List A debut at the Royal London One-Day Cup, and in 2019, he played his first T20 match against the Northamptonshire County Cricket Club.
Potts is a Durham native, born in 1998, and his bowling style is medium-fast. He turned heads during Durham’s T20 Blast 2020 campaign, and many predict that he will do even greater things in the future.
Born in Nuneaton in 2001, Dan Mousely stands 189 centimeters tall. He is a Warwickshire player that made his T20 debut in September of 2020 for the Birmingham Bears. He was the leading run-scorer for England’s U19 side in the 2020 Cricket World Cup, noting 241 runs in six games.
Mousley is a product of the Bears academy, and according to the club’s sports director, Paul Farbrace, the Bears have been keeping close tabs on him for years. He is a crafty left-hander that likes to sweep and is not afraid to go all out in every game. In December of 2020, Mousely signed a new three-year deal with Warwickshire.