The head coach of the England Learning Disabilities team, Derek Morgan, believes Worksop star Alex Jervis will show just how far he’s come in the sport when the side take on Australia.
After spending two years in the Three Lions set-up, Jervis has been afforded the opportunity to test himself against some of the world’s best, with a call up for the INAS International Cricket Series between Australia and England.
Taking his place among the 15-strong England team heading Down Under, 19-year-old Jervis will be looking to leave an impression in four one-day internationals and two T20s, with the first game getting underway on 17th March.
And Morgan is adamant Clumber Park product Jervis will do exactly that, having come on leaps and bounds since he first arrived.
“Alex has been with us for about two years and has spent the last 12 to 18 months really improving and honing his skills,” Morgan said.
“His development and progression has been incredibly stark and as meteoric as anyone in the squad.”
“His attitude and desire to impress the coaches is incredible and he is insatiable with the work he will put in.”
“The commitment and sacrifice he will show if he feels it will be beneficial to him and the team is incredible.”
“If the coaches tell him that something can help his progress then he will follow it to the letter and he is dedicated in what he is doing.”
“He was an outstanding bowler for us this summer in our domestic fixtures and he is looking to force his case for having a prominent role.”
The last time England met Australia the Three Lions whitewashed their rivals 2-0 in a 2011 Tri-Nations competition, and Morgan believes lightning can strike twice with Jervis’ help.
“They are a fantastic group and it’s just about managing them well,” he added.
“The added incentive of it being a traditional rivalry when we go out there in their environment is a fabulous challenge for me as a coach and for the players.
“I’m so excited by it and I think the players are feeling the same emotions.”
“We are really confident that we are doing all we can do for our players and giving them the platform to go and play.
“If we do that then we will be very competitive and can make a real impact over there because I think this is the best prepared LD squad we have ever had in place.”
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