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New-look EPP squads unveiled

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ECB performance director David Parsons spoke to ECBtv about this winter's programme

The ECB today announced squads for an enhanced England Performance Programme beginning in November, involving a total of 41 players divided into squads according to their differing stages of development.

The England Performance Programme comprises three categories of players and will encompass individuals who have represented England Under-19 and England Lions through to those who have already played Test cricket.

As part of the new programme, players have been categorised into three different groups: A, B or C.

A-graded players are those perceived to be closest to graduating into the England team and who have been part of the Programme and Lions teams in recent years.

B group players are those with experience of first-class cricket and perceived to be one to three years away from the England team.

C group players are likely to be a little younger with less first-class county experience, many of whom have been part of the ECB Elite Player Development programme.

The A-graded players will receive individualised support programmes, meeting their specific developmental needs.

The B and C group players will undertake separate training camps at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough and at the CSA High Performance Centre in Pretoria, South Africa, in November/December respectively. Both camps will feature some competitive cricket opportunities.

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Hampshire's Michael Carberry is one of four category A players in the England Performance Programme squad

The players on the South Africa training camp before Christmas will have the opportunity to work alongside former international stars Graham Gooch, Allan Donald and Saqlain Mushtaq, who will support the full-time coaching team of David Parsons, Kevin Shine, Dene Hills and Bruce French at various stages throughout the camp.

Ian Bell, Steven Davies, Ryan Sidebottom and Liam Plunkett, all named in the Test squad against South Africa, will train in Pretoria alongside the players on the Performance Programme before joining up with the England senior side on completion of the one-day series.

Furthermore, a group of young fast bowlers selected as part of the programme will also spend time at a conditioning camp in Florida and at the MRF fast bowling camp in Chennai under the guidance of Australia legend Dennis Lillee.

As in previous winters, England Lions will undertake an overseas tour early in the new year and further details of the squad and opposition will be released in due course.

Commenting on the programme, ECB performance director David Parsons said: “I am really excited about the depth of the programme we have put in place for our most talented young players this winter.

“We will be offering a greater range of training and support than before and have carefully tailored the programme to ensure that we can cater to the specific needs of individuals and their stages of development.

"To have access to former international players of the calibre of Graham Gooch, Allan Donald, and Saqlain Mushtaq, as well as the full-time ECB specialist coaching team, during the programme will be a tremendous asset, giving these young players the opportunity to learn from some of the very best in the world.

"To see eight players who were part of the England Performance Programme last winter selected for England's tour of South Africa next month is a good indication of the importance of the programme for a player's development.

“With players like Eoin Morgan, Jonathan Trott and Graham Onions having made an immediate impact in the international arena this summer, having spent time with EPP and England Lions squads recently, we are keen to identify other players within county cricket who can make a difference to the full England side.”

A Players

Mark Davies (Durham)
Amjad Khan (Kent)
Stephen Moore (Lancashire)
Michael Carberry (Hampshire)

B Players

Steven Finn (Middlesex)
Andrew Gale (Yorkshire)
Rory Hamilton-Brown (Sussex)
Chris Jordan (Surrey)
Chris Nash (Sussex)
Joe Sayers (Yorkshire)
Ajmal Shahzad (Yorkshire)
James Taylor (Leicestershire)
David Wainwright (Yorkshire)
Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

C Players

Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire)
Vikram Banerjee (Gloucestershire)
Keith Barker (Warwickshire)
William Beer (Sussex)
Alex Blake (Kent)
Andy Carter (Nottinghamshire)
Liam Dawson (Hampshire)
Luke Fletcher (Nottinghamshire)
Billy Godleman (Essex)
Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire)
Richard Johnson (Warwickshire)
Richard Jones (Worcestershire)
Adam Lyth (Yorkshire)
Jaik Mickleburgh (Essex)
Sam Northeast (Kent)
Ollie Rayner (Sussex)
Ian Saxelby (Gloucestershire)
John Simpson (Middlesex)
Tom Smith (Middlesex)
Max Waller (Somerset)
Adam Wheater (Essex)
David Willey (Northamptonshire)

Fast Bowling Programme

Jade Dernbach (Surrey)
David Griffiths (Hampshire)
James Harris (Glamorgan)
Stuart Meaker (Surrey)
Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire)