Rawlins has Kensington date
Delray Rawlins is keen to grasp the opportunity to showcase his talents at the famous Kensington Oval in Barbados.
The Bermudian all-rounder has been selected for the North-South Series, which is a three-game contest to be held on March 18, 21 and 23 at the Test venue in Bridgetown.
Rawlins and Sussex team-mate George Garton have been named in a 13-man South squad to be led by Sam Northeast, the Kent captain, and coached by Mark Ramprakash, the former England batsman.
“I am looking forward to it,” Rawlins told The Royal Gazette. “I have been there [Kensington] before. I haven’t played there, just trained.”
The North squad will be led Steven Mullaney, the Nottinghamshire captain, and coached by former England batsman Paul Collingwood.
“We believe these are two exciting squads which again underline the value of this North-South Series as an opportunity for us to see some strong contenders for white-ball cricket playing at a higher level of competition and intensity,” James Whitaker, the England national selector, was quoted as saying on the Sussex website.
“The unavailability of several of the players who had earned automatic invitations means the squads are tilted more towards youth and potential this year.
“The North squad has six players aged 21 or under, and the South squad includes four 20-year-olds plus Sam Curran, who is still only 19.
“Some of the players we have selected have very limited List A experience with their counties. But in those cases their potential has already been identified with selection on the ECB’s International Pathway.
“For example Delray Rawlins is currently in Sydney on an Overseas Placement, and we have included three fast bowlers currently training with the Pace Programme — Zak Chappell in the North squad, and Paul Walter and Tom Helm with the South.
“But it is also a good opportunity for more experienced players who have impressed in the county game, such as Steven Mullaney, Brett D’Oliveira, John Simpson and Sam Northeast, to show the selectors and England coaches what they can do at a higher level.”
Rawlins is “excited” to be among a talented group.
“Just my name being thrown around in those pool of players is exciting,” he said. “Both teams are high quality, so it should be a tough but enjoyable series.”
Rawlins has been playing in the New South Wales Premier League and training with the New South Wales State squad in Australia this winter as part of the Overseas Placements section of the ECB’s International Pathways scheme.
He is one of eight players awarded an Overseas Placement by the ECB. The ECB’s Overseas Placements programme is designed to give talented young cricketers the chance to develop their independence on and off the field and expose them to competitive cricket and good coaching to enhance their skills and knowledge.
Rawlins, 20, made four appearances for Sussex in the Specsavers County Championship Second Division last season, making his first-class debut against Kent on the opening day of the campaign. He also helped Sussex win the Second XI Twenty20 tournament.
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