Published: 12th July, 2018
Surrey’s Jamie Smith has been named in England’s U19 squad for the upcoming three-match one-day series with South Africa later this month.
Smith, who turns 18 today, is part of the 15-man squad for the matches on 23rd, 26th and 29th July.
The wicket keeper/batsman missed the recent ‘Test’ series with the South African counterparts as he was making his county debut in back-to-back Vitality Blast matches at Lord’s and then a sold out Kia Oval.
Since those appearances on the biggest of stages in English cricket, Smith has scored an unbeaten century for Surrey 2nds against Hampshire.
Jon Lewis, the Young Lions head coach who joined John Abrahams and David Graveney on the selection panel, said: “As with the selection of the four-day squad, we have followed a policy of allowing players who are gaining regular first-team experience in county cricket to stay with their counties.
“The performances of guys like Harry Brook, Henry Brookes, Will Jacks and Dillon Pennington this season are so encouraging for all of us who worked with them on the Young Lions programme over the last couple of years, to see how they’re kicking on.
“We made a similar decision with Jamie Smith who would have been a strong contender for our ‘Test’ squad but has gained the experience of making his senior debut for Surrey in a Vitality Blast match against Middlesex at Lord’s.
“But we’ve agreed with Surrey that Jamie would benefit from playing Under-19 international cricket with us, and we’re looking forward to welcoming him into the squad with Jordan Cook from Nottinghamshire, who impressed for the Invitational XI against the South Africans in Loughborough last week.”