County cricket talking points: Olly Stone deserves an England call-up

by theguardian

Cricket

The Warwickshire bowler was brilliant against Sussex in the first week of the season. Why not play him against Pakistan?

By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog

Warwickshire’s Olly Stone is the fastest English bowler right now – and probably the fastest bowler in England. He has a patchy fitness record but so has his fellow 24-year-old Patrick Cummins and things have gone OK for him recently, haven’t they? Though innings figures of 22.5–4–80–8 are enough to make anyone sit up and take notice, there’s a case for saying that they don’t really matter. 90mph men are so rare (and, for England at least, seem – viz Steven Finn, Mark Wood, even Stuart Broad – to become 85mph men all too soon) that there’s a case for getting Stone into the team for the two Tests against Pakistan and seeing what damage he can do. Had he been born in Nawabshah and not Norwich, he’d be measuring out his run now.

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