Praising the England team, Richard Gleeson, who was recently called in England’s training squad last year, has remarked that for a team as successful as England, age does not pose as an issue.
Gleeson himself made his first-class debut quite late, at the age of 27, and the player believes that all it takes for a bowler to make it into the squad is his ability to take early wickets or ace the death overs.
“I don’t think age is an issue at the moment with the England white-ball teams,” he said. “They’re so good and so successful that they will pick the best teams and the best players regardless. I got the impression that if someone can show that they can either take early wickets or nail down the job of bowling at the death then there is an opportunity there. If you’re bowling well, you can get picked – I’ll tell myself that, anyway.”
Richard Gleeson has been upping the chances of his inclusion in the ODI team since the time he served as a reserve player for England’s series against Ireland. He has delivered some noteworthy performances during his stint in Lancashire, notably his 52-3 figure in the Bob Willis Trophy against Durham.
However, his time in the County Championship was marred by his injuries which greatly affected his performance. “I’d had tightness, but it loosened off with a bit of work and a few painkillers – nothing out of the ordinary,” he said, talking about the Lancashire and Glamorgan clash. The 33-year old had suffered a stress fracture in his vertebra that led to him staying away from the game. It was confirmed on the day of the game against Nottinghamshire. “I turned up, tried to bowl a ball and just couldn’t. It was absolute agony – like being stabbed repeatedly. It was horrendous. I tried twice and couldn’t do it so went straight off for a scan.”
“I was told to do nothing. They literally told me to sit on my hands,” he said.
The pacer has managed to put up some impressive figures in his statistical records, courtesy of his ability to bowl with a decent bounce from a considerable length at a speed of 129kph. He has put up some impressive display of his bowling, especially in the T20 Blast.
This time around Richard Gleeson is optimistic about his international debut regardless of his age, now that he has some pretty remarkable records in the T20 format.