Scorton’s Thomas Wilson might be one of the newest faces in England’s Learning Disabilities cricket team but head coach Derek Morgan insists this won’t stop him throwing him in at the deep end Down Under.
Aged just 21, the Kirkby Lonsdale Cricket Club batsman is a relative newcomer to the Three Lions environment having first joined up with the squad towards the end of last year after impressing in his debut season with Lancashire.
But despite having been around for only a few months, Morgan has seen enough of Wilson, a former Ripley Saint Thomas CE Academy pupil now at Myerscough College, to name him in his 15-strong squad heading to Australia.
England are set to take on the old enemy in four one-day internationals and two T20 matches, the first of which gets going on March 17.
“Tom is one of the most recent additions to the squad and I guess it’s fair to say that he has had a meteoric rise through the ranks,” Morgan said.
“He started plating disability cricket for Lancashire at the beginning of the 2014 season and by the end of the season had been included in England LD fixtures.
He’s a really interesting young man and is completely dedicated and works exceptionally hard outside the squad to hone his skills
“He’s been working really hard and is a top-order batter that has forged a role for himself and is competing for a place in the playing group.
“He’s a really interesting young man and is completely dedicated and works exceptionally hard outside the squad to hone his skills.
“He has accessed a number of coaching opportunities to work in his own time and develop his own progression.
“He’s a well liked member of the squad as well and is really important for morale.”
Wilson, along with mum Liz and dad Ian who will be there supporting, will be making his first trip to Australia when he flies out on Sunday, March 8.
ECB is an inclusive organisation providing support and a pathway for disability cricket from grassroots to elite. Follow the England Learning Disability squad in Australia at www.ecb.co.uk. To find out how to get involved in Learning Disability cricket contact your local cricket board