Critchley targeting all formats

Thursday 14th December 2017
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Written by Danny Painter

Matt Critchley says he is keen to develop and become an all-format player as he continues his ECB Overseas Placement in Australia.

The 21-year-old has been playing Grade cricket in Sydney and practicing with the New South Wales State squad as part of the ECB’s men’s International Pathway set up.

Speaking to BBC Radio Derby, the all-rounder said the added opportunity to train with England Lions ahead of the Ashes opener in Brisbane has helped him pick up information and advice from players and coaches at the top level.

Critchley said: “I went over to Brisbane the week before the Ashes started, to prepare with England and the England Lions. That was a great experience, to speak to the coaches there and mix with those players and learn some skills from them.

“There’s a market there for a spinner who bats and bowls. So over the next four or five years I want to try and get as good as I can in all forms and hopefully play for England one day.

“I have to put performances in to get a role, but I want to play all three formats and be a major contributor. I feel I have the ability to do that, whether that’s next year or after that, I’m still learning.”

He added: “It’s been a great experience so far and we’ve got some New South Wales players here at our club and I’ve been speaking to them to tighten my technique up.

“I’m learning skills which I can hopefully apply and become a more all-round player and I’m trying to get as much information as I can as young as I can.”

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