U19s link up with EPP
Middlesex duo, Billy Godleman and Steve Finn and Glamorgan’s James Harris - who have all represented England Under-19 - have joined the England Performance Programme in Chennai for the remainder of their schedule in India.
Godleman became the youngest person ever to play first-class cricket for Middlesex when he made his debut in 2005 aged 16.
The left-handed batsman averages 41.4 and has a high score of 113 not out, amassed against Somerset in early 2007. He has hit one century and seven fifties in his county career.
Godleman said: “I’m really looking forward to mixing with some high quality cricketers here in India and seeing how I cope against them as well as learning from them.
“It’s a great opportunity for me and I’m going to make the most of it.”
Finn is a 6ft 8in medium pacer who also made his first-class debut in 2005 for Middlesex. He has returned best figures of 4-51 and has an economy rate of 3.14.
Seamer Harris won the NBC Denis Compton Award in 2007 and made his first-class debut for Glamorgan in the same season - claiming 7-66 in the LV County Championship match against Gloucestershire, the first 17-year-old ever to take a seven-wicket haul.
In that same match he took 5-52 in the first innings and his top score in 2007 was 87 not out.
"It’s brilliant being here with this group of players.” said Harris. “There’s a lot of experience in the squad and hopefully I’ll be able to learn something from them.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to work hard and get some preparation under our belts ahead of the Under-19 world cup early next year.
“I’m also hoping I might get to play in one of the games. I think I’ve got enough experience to take the field over here and I’d give it my best if I was picked.”
Harris, 17, is also in the final three nominations for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award. This is given annually to the British sportsperson below 17 years of age who has made the most substantive contribution to sport in that year.
Harris added: “It’s very exciting to be nominated for the award as it shows I’m being recognised in my sport, which is great. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”
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The trio have been carefully selected by Peter Moores and David Graveney as players of high-potential to be fast-tracked into the EPP and gain invaluable experience for the U19 world cup early next year.
Joining the programme will assist the individual development of the players and will also provide injury cover for the two EPP games in Chennai, India.
Kent seamer Amjad Khan has also arrived in India to continue his rehabilitation from a knee injury.