Great for county, shocking for country: England’s disappointing XI of the last decade

Ben Darvill

So much is promised by cricket players at their counties after they score a few thousand runs, or take a sackful of wickets throughout the season. They are then highlighted as potential stars for their national team, with everyone certain they can transfer their domestic form onto the biggest stage.

This is not always the case though with runs drying up and wickets proving difficult to come by for too many aspiring stars. Too often has the promise of a debuting talent failed to ignite even after the powers that be give them a number of chances to prove themselves.

Unlike football, cricket cannot be accused of not giving rising players the time in the team. With this in mind, which promoting English players failed to light up the Test scene?

The above is full of players that excelled on the county circuit but failed to progress on the national stage. Weak openers, shaky middle-order batsmen and wicketless bowlers, England have gone through some very disappointing players in recent years.

While all these players have failed, there have also been a plethora of successes in recent years for England. The likes of Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow have displayed that superb players can and will come through the county system and be a success for England.

It seems though, for every talent that succeeds there are at least 11 that fail.

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