Doncaster cricketer to face Australia after meteoric rise

Alex Jarvis: meteoric rise
Alex Jarvis: meteoric rise

England Learning Disabilities cricket team head coach Dewrek Morgan believes Doncaster’s Alex Jervis will show just how far he has come against 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 after being called up for the INAS International Cricket Series Australia v 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 March 17.

And Morgan is adamant Jervis will do exactly that, with the Communication Specialist College Doncaster pupil having come on leaps and bounds since he first arrived.

“Alex has been with us for about two years and has spent the last 12-18 months really improving and honing his skills,” Morgan said.

“His development and progression has been incredibly stark and as meteoric as anyone else in the squad.

“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.

* ECB is an inclusive organisation providing support and a pathway for disability cricket from grassroots to elite. Follow the England Learning Disability squad in Australia at www.ecb.co.uk. To find out how to get involved in Learning Disability cricket contact your local cricket board.