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    Eoin Morgan's One-Day Cup ones to watch

    Eoin Morgan picks out the players to watch ahead of this summer’s Royal London One-Day Cup

    England ODI captain Eoin Morgan has picked out the players he thinks will shine in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

    James Fuller - Middlesex

    “This guy can bowl quick with good control and he can whack the ball miles! Last year was his first year at Middlesex and it was a bit of an eye opener for me because I hadn’t necessarily seen a lot of him play when he was at Gloucestershire. 

    “He’s a fast bowler, who hurries people up, definitely. He’s probably one of the quickest bowlers in county cricket and his impressive start with us is why I’d pick him out.

    “I think he will be a surprise package, there’s not many that bowl with his pace, that I’ve come across at the moment. If he fulfils his potential he could be a full England player, across all forms.

    “Watching him hit a cricket ball is unbelievable. He nearly cleared the Lord’s pavilion last summer!”

    Ben Duckett - Northants

    “He has to be mentioned after the year he had last summer, not just with white ball cricket, he was one of the leading run scorers in all forms. 

    “He was fifth on the list of leading run scorers in the Royal London One Day Cup. I suppose being 22-years-old and having scored a huge weight of runs in all different positions, he ended up opening the batting in the longer format then batting in the middle order in T20. 

    “Having had an impressive start to his England career he’s got to be one to watch. He has a full range of shots.”

    Liam Livingstone - Lancashire 

    “He whacks it! I’ve spoken to Graham Thorpe about him and he is very impressed. He describes him as quite dominant at the crease, both physically and the way he strikes the ball.”

    Liam Dawson - Hampshire

    “He’s definitely one to watch, simply because he’s had a sniff with England and he’s done exceptionally well to start with - bowling beautifully.

    “With his potential with the bat he’ll get himself up the order to four or five with Hampshire. He’s one of their senior players, he presents a strong case for England colours, it’s his time.”

    Tom Curran - Surrey

    “We’ve played against him a lot, not only in 50 overs but T20 as well. From what I’ve seen of him and having faced him, his variation in skill level is really high for such a young guy. 

    “Using variation is one thing, but showing when you use it is another. Being unpredictable as a bowler is a huge asset and I think he brings that to every game in which he plays, hence being rewarded with an England Lions tour this year and last year. 

    “He often leads the attack now for Surrey.”

    Graeme White - Northants

    "We played South of England Under-17 together and 2nd XI cricket against each other. He didn’t necessarily get the opportunities at Notts but to go back to Northamptonshire and do really well shows character.”

    Being unpredictable as a bowler is a huge asset and I think he brings that to every game in which he plays

    Eoin Morgan on Tom Curran

    Toby Roland-Jones - Middlesex

    “I don’t just see him as a red ball cricketer.  His Lions involvement last year impressed everybody, and it was predominantly white ball cricket.”

    “His early spells were very disciplined line and length and just hitting the deck from a tall trajectory which will hold him in good stead.

    “On his day he’s as good as any other bowler. His red ball stuff is probably a little ahead of his white ball stuff but he certainly pushes a good case.”

    Tom Westley - Essex

    “I’ve seen a lot of Tom Westley, he’s probably one of the more consistent performers in county cricket over recent years, I think he’s a dangerous player. 

    “I know his T20 record is very good and he’s one to watch in the Royal London One-Day Cup too.”

    Joe Clarke - Worcestershire

    “I’ve heard really good things about him. He was with the Lions last year and he came to train with England when we were in Sharjah preparing to play against Pakistan. He was really impressive.”

    Steven Davies - Somerset

    “He played for England for a while and then hasn’t played for a period of time since but you’ve got to look at where people are at in their career and he’s just moved to Somerset, a significant change for him. I think that he’s somebody who’ll respond really well to that. 

    “He’s a guy that does like challenges, and he’s a class act on his day, a very elegant batsman with lot of drive who could score heavily. The second televised game is against his old club Surrey which will be an interesting game.”

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