England call-up for spin bowler Knight

DCCC Tom Knight
DCCC Tom Knight

Derbyshire Academy graduate Tom Knight has secured a place in England’s 15-man squad for the ICC U19 World Cup in Australia.

England will begin with a game against hosts Australia in Townsville on August 11 before playing Ireland and Nepal in the other group stage matches.

If England progress in the competition, they could then go on to face one of 12 other countries in the latter stages competing in the U19 World Cup.

The squad was selected by the England Development Programme selectors including David Graveney (EDP head selector), Tim Boon (head coach), John Abrahams and Iain Brunnschweiler.

Derbyshire spinner Knight made his First XI debut, aged 17, during the 2011 Friends Life t20 campaign and he has since gone on to make a total of 18 appearances in a combination of all forms of the game, taking 19 wickets.

He penned a three-year professional contract midway through last season committing him to Derbyshire until the conclusion of the 2014 campaign.

He said: “I’m greatly looking forward to the opportunity of taking part in this showcase competition in Australia.

“It will be a great experience and with a selection of talented young players, I’m confident this England team can go a long way.

“My thanks go to all Academy and senior coaches at Derbyshire County Cricket Club and the Derbyshire Cricket Board who have helped improve my game and made this opportunity possible.”

Head coach Karl Krikken added: “We are immensely proud as a club that Tom has been selected for the ICC U19 World Cup.

“It’s great reward for Tom’s hard work and dedication and it demonstrates the productivity of the Derbyshire age-group system and Academy.

“Congratulations should also go to the backroom staff who have put a great deal of man hours into developing Tom and our other young cricketers.”

The England Under-19 squad is:

Adam Ball (captain), Kent; Ben Foakes (vice-captain), Essex; Shozair Ali, Warwickshire; Daniel Bell-Drummond, Kent;

Ben Collins, Leicestershire; Alex Davies, Lancashire; Ben Duckett, Northamptonshire; Brett Hutton, Nottinghamshire; Aneesh Kapil, Worcestershire; Tom Knight, Derbyshire; Craig Overton, Somerset and Devon; Jamie Overton, Somerset and Devon; Reece Topley, Essex, Kishan Velani, Essex; Sam Wood, Nottinghamshire.