Peter Moores and his fellow selectors will be scouring the country in order to assess the many players who feel as though they are capable of making the England side. However, will the performances of players in Division 2 of the County Championship impress the selectors just as much as those by Division 1 players?
On the face of it performing in Division 1 is more impressive than a performance in Division 2 because human nature makes us feel that way. However, there are some very good players in Division 2 who will feel as though they can impress Peter Moores as well.
In terms of bowlers Division 2 has an array of potential England players. Spinners James Tredwell and Monty Panesar ply their trade in this division and fast bowlers such as Tymal Mills and Surrey trio Stuart Meaker, Chris Tremlett and Jade Dernbach.
Is it a coincidence that, of England's 13 man squad announced for the ODI against Scotland on May 9th, only four of the players ply their trade in Division 2? Of those four players one is the England captain Alistair Cook and the other three - Ravi Bopara, James Tredwell and Moeen Ali have been part of the England ODI squad previously.
So is it hard to make the breakthrough when playing in Division 2?
On the face of it yes, but the selectors would not be doing their job properly if they didn't assess any of the top performers in the Division. Currently batsmen such as James Vince of Hampshire and Daryl Mitchell of Worcestershire will hope to alert the England selectors with their early season form and Michael Carberry of Hampshire will want to retain his England Test opening spot by scoring heavily.
Could a lack of opportunities for Division 2 players increase the amount of transfers that take place in cricket? Will the English game start to resemble football where the better players start to gravitate towards the more successful teams in order to enhance their International claims?
The England selectors have an important role this summer in identifying talent from across the counties that can take England forward over the next few years. Division 2 is a breeding ground for talent and is a very competitive Division for players to play their cricket and learn the game at first-class level. The selectors will do well to study the vast array of talent on offer in this division and assess the best performers worthiness of an England call.
It will be beneficial to the selectors that Alistair Cook plays for Essex in the same division and I am sure good performances against his Essex side will not go unnoticed
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