England call up Derbyshire youngster for ICC U19s

Derbyshire Academy graduate Tom Knight has secured a place in England’s 15-man squad for the ICC U19 World Cup in Australia.

England will begin with a game against hosts Australia in Townsville on 11th August before playing Ireland and Nepal in the other group stage matches.

If England progress in the competition they could then go on to face one of twelve other countries in the latter stages competing in the U19 World Cup.

The squad was selected by the England Development Programme selectors including David Graveney (EDP Head Selector), Tim Boon (Head Coach), John Abrahams and Iain Brunnschweiler.

Knight made his First XI debut, aged 17, during the 2011 Friends Life t20 campaign and he has since gone on to make a total of 18 appearances in a combination of all forms of the game, taking 19 wickets.

He penned a three year professional contract midway through last season committing him to Derbyshire until the conclusion of the 2014 campaign.

He said: “I’m greatly looking forward to the opportunity of taking part in this showcase competition in Australia.

“It will be a great experience and with a selection of talented young players, I’m confident this England team can go a long way.”