Dan Lawrence looks set to make his test debut for England against Sri Lanka on Thursday, with head coach Chris Silverwood confident that the 23-year-old “fighter” is ready after closely following his rise through the ranks at Essex.
Lawrence, a top-class 10-century right-hander, is seen as a long-term investment in test cricket and, in the absence of Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope, has been designated to hit No. 5 from the team of this tour. was appointed.
A five-pin strategy that sees goalie Jos Buttler scheduled to hit at No. 6 seems the most likely field and Silverwood, who spent eight years in Essex before his move to England in early 2018, believes Lawrence is prepared to deal. with this.
“I think he’s ready,” Silverwood said. “I have known Dan for a long time, having coached the second Essex team when he was passing by too. He’s a great character and a very skilled fighter there too. If it gets the go-ahead, we have every confidence that it can succeed. “
Lawrence, a product of the Chingford Cricket Club, has been viewed as a potential England cricketer since 2015 when, at just 17 years and 290 days, he became the third-youngest centurion in the County Championship, with 161 against Surrey in the Oval.
Two centuries during a successful Lions trip to Australia last year they raised their profile even higher in the eyes of the selectors and, while much has been made of their lack of trigger movement and lean down the side of the legs, their teammate Alastair Cook called it “Legside”. Larry ”in his newspaper column – Silverwood thinks it will work.
Silverwood said: “I think the only thing with Dan is that he has always played his way. He doesn’t get nervous. He doesn’t care who the opponents are. I saw those characteristics in him when he was young and now he has displayed the same characteristics. It’s great to see the consistency.
“But equally his knowledge of the game – how he manages his skills and adapts to situations, has grown stronger and stronger. He’s strong on the leg side, but there’s no reason I can’t adapt that to test cricket. “
As for bowling, England’s plan appears to be an all-rounder at number 7, one by Ollie Stone or Mark Wood for absolute rhythm in the air, two spinners at Dom Bess and Jack Leach, with Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad. turning one last place. .
This represents a departure from the three-spinner strategy that yielded a 3-0 win in 2018, but can still change. Moeen Ali is out of the first test, his isolation after contracting Covid-19 ended on Wednesday, and Silverwood may still add one of Mason Crane, Amar Virdi or Matt Parkinson to the main team (all three are touring reserves) once He and Joe Root have surveyed the pitch in Galle.
Silverwood added: “We can play a lot of spin if necessary. They are all here, so they are available. We travel with such a large group, so should any eventuality arise, we have you covered. It is difficult to win here. I read [Sri Lanka head coach] Reviews of Mickey Arthur [to the Guardian] about our victory in 2018 in the back of their minds and wanting revenge for it. Do I think we can win? Of course, I always believe that our team can beat anyone. For me it’s about the processes, the continuous progression of the team. “
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism