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Afterwatching Kevin Pieterson smack Lee for 4 of the 2nd ball he faced, it got me thinking. How many expats have the Poms had playing for them over the years? Does the fact that they always seem to have some expats lurking around their national team and so many foreigners in the county system have an impact on the development of young English players and is it the chief reason as to why they were in the doldrums for so long as a cricketing nation?
Message: If players are born there, fine. It's the ones like Grieg, Lamb, Pieterson, McCague that play for England as their 2nd country 'cos their first country doesn't play test cricket, their not good enough, etc. I didn't like the fact that we played Wessles either...(he only used us anyway)
Not talking about that bigdaddy. I live in Melbourne and it is extremely multicultural. I understand the nature of Englands multiculturalism. I'm talking about players like Pieterson, Lamb ,Smith, Hick, the Holyoaks, McCague etc who have all left their own country to play for England either by getting naturalised or being eligible because of parents or grandparents. The English County system also caters for a large number of imported players each year. My point is, are young english people being denied the chance to come through the system because of all this.
Message: I know what you are saying and agree, but what about the "Australian" boxers, gymnasts, divers etc that represent us and dont even know what a meat pie is? The grandparent rule is a joke. Maybe I can let the parent one go though, as my daughter was born in the UK and lives here, but there is no way that she will represent the poms in her chosen sport (she could be anything). She is Australian through and through as far as Im concerned
That may be the case Bettowin but it goes deeper than just county cricket. Every minor county league has scores of Australians and other expats playing in them as well. Many use this as a way of gaining further experience, as an off season training camp and as a way of making good money because there is plenty on offer.
The Sates here are allowed an overseas player each year but how many of them actively pursue this? Australian cricket is much more comcerned with looking after local talent than offering big dollars to lure overseas players into our system.
1st grade cricket in Melbourne and Sydney is as good a standard as County cricket so I think they should be looking seriously at their system.
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