Josh Tongue has come a long way from the brink of retirement to become a virgin following debilitating injury issues. England to call.
Worcestershire sailor recently added Steve Smith He made it to the impressive scalp list at the State Championship and was called up by England for the first Test of the summer against Ireland.
At the age of 25, Tongue has taken on some impressive strongholds in local competition: Hashim Amla.
The sailor was impressed during the Lions’ winter tour of Sri Lanka and was able to seize the opportunity after Olly Stone was excluded due to injury.
Tongue has an extra yard of pace at the local track and caught the attention of selectors, perhaps with a nod to the future with James Anderson, now 40, and Stuart Broad, 36.
“We’ve been watching Josh (Tongue) for a while and he deserves this call to the Test team,” said England men’s national selector Luke Wright.
“It will be a great experience for him to understand and adjust to the environment under Ben (Stokes) and Brendon (McCullum).
“It is important that players are ready to respond, and as a big summer of Test cricket approaches, we will need that depth for our squad.
“We extend our best wishes to Josh and the rest of the team for the campaign’s first international player.”
Dil debuted early on the scene, making her England Under-19 Test debut and representing the England Lions in her first season, just 19 years old.
He averaged 26.04 bowling in first-class cricket and had 162 wickets in just 47 matches.
In 2019, Tongue, who had a nervous tissue problem in his arm for more than a year, including two surgeries, was able to return only in 2022.
His injury was so severe that there were questions about whether his career would continue, but the three-time bowler who played for the England Lions before his injury is now on the verge of a Test exit.