Nottinghamshire's left-arm seamer Harry Gurney has been included in Peter Moores' 13-man squad for the upcoming One-Day International against Scotland in Aberdeen on May 9th.
Gurney is clearly rated highly by the current and past England hierarchy as his selection for this game follows on from his inclusion in the winter tour squad to the West Indies. He did not play in the West Indies but he will have learnt a great deal from that experience.
This season Gurney has started with 12 wickets in the County Championship, at an average of just over 30, with a best haul of 4-81. He is currently joint leading wicket-taker for Notts and will no doubt benefit from working alongside Australian Peter Siddle this season. Notts have a very good bowling line-up and for Gurney to stand out in this side is testament to his abilities and the hard work that he has undoubtedly put in.
Last season Gurney, the 6ft 2inch bowler, was a crucial part of Nottinghamshire's side. He took a total of 44 wickets in the Championship to become the leading wicket taker at the club. These performances were enough for England to take a closer look at him and to invite him to join the one-day side in the Caribbean earlier this year. Gurney has excelled in one-day cricket in previous seasons which has obviously alerted England.
Before joining Notts in 2012 Gurney played for Leicestershire where he became known for his short format bowling and particularly his performances in Twenty20. In fact it was his performances, taking 23 wickets, that guided the team through to the title in 2011, although Gurney did miss out on finals day due to injury. He has since established his game in the four day format and if he continues his consistent performance in this form of the game then he could be called up to the Test match side and would be a huge asset given his left arm variation. However, he will be up against Tymal Mills from Essex who is also highly rated by England.
If Gurney does get an opportunity against Scotland it will be important for him to perform as notable absentees such as Tim Bresnan, Ben Stokes, Steven Finn and club-mate Stuart Broad will be gunning for a place against Sri Lanka and India when the summer really starts.
It would be wise for England to play the left-armer to see how he takes to International cricket and to see whether he can perform on the big stage. England may have to experiment in order to find the next wave of cricketers who will wear the England shirt for hopefully many successful years. Gurney will want to be a part of that.
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