Yorkshire's 18-year-old left-arm spinner Karl Carver made a very encouraging start to his professional career in Yorkshire's innings victory over Warwickshire at Edgbaston last week.
The youngster finished with match figures of 3-65 and his two wickets in Warwickshire's second innings helped wrap up victory for the Tykes with a day to spare.
Teenager Carver, born in Northallerton and educated at Thirsk school, has played for Yorkshire at various age groups and last year he became an England Under 19 cricketer playing against Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Although he looks to have a bright future ahead of him he will have to work hard to achieve it as Headingley has always been perceived as a bit of a graveyard for spin bowlers. However, if Carver can learn to bowl there, and take wickets, it will be a good grounding in the game for him.
Carver will certainly add variation to an already impressive Yorkshire bowling attack. Yorkshire generally employ four fast bowlers, spearheaded by ex-England player Ryan Sidebottom, current England fast bowler Liam Plunkett and the Championship leading wicket taker this season, Jack Brooks, but they also have other variations that they can call upon.
Leg-spinner Adil Rashid and off-spinner Azeem Rafiq offer those other options and a left-arm spinner will no doubt add to their penetration on the differing wickets across the county scene.
Carver: The answer to England's problems?
As England begin to search for a long-term replacement for Graeme Swann young Carver could be the answer to our problems in a few years time.
However, Carver is only young and no pressure should be placed on him at this stage. Spinners are not at their peak until their late twenties, or early thirties in some cases, so the youngster has a lot to learn about in the game, but the early signs are good, and let's hope he fulfils the undoubted potential he has.
Yorkshire have a habit of unearthing young talent and nurturing them through their youth system and in to first-class cricket. Carver is another to have benefited from this and could perhaps one day become yet another white rose player to represent his country in a full international. He is definitely a name to look out for.
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