Kervezee could be England Lion, says Rhodes

Worcestershire’s director of cricket Steve Rhodes has put the county’s Dutch batting prodigy Alexei Kervezee forward to the England selectors as a possible England Lions candidate.

Kervezee, 21, does not qualify to play international cricket for England until the end of the season but Rhodes has already made sure that he is on the radar of the selectors.

“We all have to put in a list of players who could well get involved in the England Lions squad and he’s one that I have filled in a form for,” Rhodes said.

“He’s definitely that type, He’s not qualified yet but he does in September. I did feel that he’s the type that might be able to get to that level so he is on a monitoring list.”

Kervezee, born and raised in Namibia but educated in Holland, has already played one-day international cricket for the Netherlands and gave a hint of his rich talent when he made a brilliant century on a difficult pitch as Worcestershire were edged out by three wickets by Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

“I think he has got a bright future,” Rhodes said. “What impressed me most in this innings was that finally the penny seemed to be dropping about playing the ball on its merits.

“If you look at the tempo of his innings it wasn’t so much a runaway train, as I call it, in the way that he sometimes plays and gets out.

“In this innings he simply blocked the good balls and put the bad ball away for four. But he did it in an unfazed manner in   some difficult conditions as well as against some good bowling.

“He’s unfazed by things, which helps. At times he doesn’t seem to know what cricket situation is happening.  As long as we can get him like he was in this game, which is to respect the ball that’s bowled at him and deal it according to the situation, he will do well.

“He’s got all the shots to put the bad ball away for four. It served Hicky [Graeme Hick] well, so hopefully it will do for Alexei as well.”

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