Alec Stewart insists that district cricket produces “top” test players English cricket team

Alec Stewart has defended the County Championship, with the director of cricket in Surrey insisting that England’s world-class system is an adequate breeding ground for test-quality player production despite England’s problems.

“The gap between the Championship and Test cricket has widened,” said Stewart, who captained England in 15 of his 133 tests. “Test players played district cricket. They completed the test and played the championship match the next day. [County players] will play bowling with Graham Gooch or Mike Gatting or face a quality overseas bowler. The quality of the overseas player has declined. “

Stewart accused of dropping a crowded test calendar as well as spreading T20 franchise leagues around the world. As contracts with Kolpak expired last year, which limited the influx of South African and Caribbean players with testing experience, the level of the championship will have to increase locally produced talent, he added.

“We still have good players.” [in the Championship]”You have excellent coaches,” Stewart said. “When they go up, it’s a huge leap and it’s a huge leap in all of domestic cricket around the world.

“The control you are under now is greater than before.” Then you need selection to be strong. If you’re good enough for one match, you’re generally five or six. “

Stewart called Ollie Pope “high class,” but with a first-class average over 50 and a test average of 28.66 out of 40 shifts, the pope’s numbers seem to support the claim that England’s domestic system is struggling to bear fruit.

For Surrey’s head coach, Gareth Batty, the problem lies further down the supply chain: “There are currently fewer older players in the English team. So young players go and have to defend themselves as an older player. That’s why it doesn’t work. It’s not the quality of a young player. “

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After the weak return of the Ashes 67 rides out of six shifts, the pope was not selected for testing against West Indies. Rory Burns was another who failed to make it to the tour team because he had problems in Australia and recorded two ducks from six strikes at the top of the standings, including the first ball in the series. Along with Sam Curran, who is close to returning to full fitness after a lower back injury, Surrey has a number of English players who are eager to return to the team.

“Our duty is to help them get back to where they want to be,” Batty said, adding that he believes Burns is “the best opener in the country.” I am not afraid to present my best case. I’m worried about who might choose [England] a team.”

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