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Wisden’s England white-ball uncapped XI

by Alex Brinton 6 minute read

The depth of England’s white-ball talent was put to the test earlier this year after an entire ODI squad was ruled out of action ahead of a three-match series against Pakistan following a Covid-19 outbreak.

And, still, an entirely new squad – one featuring nine players uncapped in ODI cricket – was able to seal a 3-0 series win over Pakistan.

This got us thinking: just how deep is this well? Alex Brinton picks out an XI of English white-ball talents who remain uncapped across all forms.


Tom Kohler-Cadmore – Yorkshire

The 2014 Young Wisden School’s Cricketer of the Year has grown up to become one of the most feared white-ball batsmen on the county circuit. He made a century off just 43 balls in the 2016 T20 Blast for Worcestershire and has continued to impress for Yorkshire in recent years.

Will Jacks – Surrey

Jacks showcased his talent to the world in 2019 when he blitzed Lancashire’s bowling attack for a hundred off just 25 balls in a pre-season T10 match in the UAE. The 22-year-old batsman holds an impressive T20 strike rate of 152.08 and was in England’s ODI squad to face Pakistan earlier this summer.

Sam Hain – Warwickshire

The Hong-Kong born batsman has a staggering List-A record: his batting average is a staggering 59.78, the highest of anyone to have batted in at least 50 innings. He is the man to build an innings around in 50-over cricket and was particularly impressive in this year’s T20 Blast, showing his power with a strike rate of 140.35 while averaging above 40.

Laurie Evans – Surrey

The 33-year-old batsman has progressed in recent years to become a particularly impressive domestic white-ball batsman – he was the leading run-scorer in the 2018 T20 Blast. He’s taken his batting talents around the globe too, playing in the BPL, CPL and LPL.

Harry Brook – Yorkshire

The breakout star of The Hundred so far, Brook’s runs for Northern Superchargers are threatening to make him a household name even without an England cap. He also sparkled in the group stages of this year’s Blast, hitting 485 runs at 80.83 and strike rate of 150.15, with a high score of 91* off just 50 balls against local rivals Lancashire.

Joe Clarke – Nottinghamshire

Clarke first made his name in red-ball cricket, hitting 14 first-class centuries before turning 23, but in recent years it’s his white-ball game that has gone to a whole other level. The 25-year-old hit 371 runs in last year’s Blast at a strike rate of 175 and blasted 136 off just 65 balls against Northants earlier this year.

Alex Davies (wk) – Lancashire

The diminutive keeper-batsman was Player of the Match in the final of the 2015 T20 Blast after hitting 47 off just 26 balls when Lancashire beat Northants. He rounds off an intimidating batting line-up capable of keeping the scoreboard operators very busy.

George Garton – Sussex

The left-arm quick gives this bowling attack an extra dimension with his whippy action and can count himself unlucky to be on this list – he was in the original ODI squad for the Pakistan series before being forced into self-isolation. He is also capable of adding some vital lower-order runs if required.

Matty Potts – Durham

The 22-year-old Durham academy graduate made his T20 debut just two years ago but has put together an impressive CV, taking 48 T20 wickets at an average of 22.04. It’s of little wonder that he has a deal with Northern Superchargers in The Hundred.

David Payne – Gloucestershire

The left arm quick was unused by England after making the cut for the revamped ODI squad for the Pakistan series and has long been a consistent performer for Gloucestershire in county cricket, most notably when he bowled the final over in his side’s 2015 One-Day Cup final win over Surrey.

Matt Carter – Nottinghamshire

The tall, wily off-spinner has really caught the eye for Trent Rockets in The Hundred, taking five wickets at an average of just 12.60 in his three games so far.


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