Chief Executive Derek Brewer believes the selection of Nottinghamshire’s players for England’s T20 and ODI matches is a sign of better things to come at the county.
Notts missed out on qualifying for the latter stages of both domestic limited-overs competitions this summer and have failed to retain their Championship crown.
But they are the best represented county in both England squads, with Samit Patel and now Alex Hales joining regulars Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann among the Trent Bridge contingent.
Notts have also had three of their youngsters capped by England in this summer’s U19 internationals, as the conveyor belt of talent shows no sign of slowing.
Brewer is understandably pleased by the recognition and confident it bodes well for the coming seasons. He said: “We’re absolutely delighted that we’ve got so many players in the England set-up. It is terrific for the club.
“Mick Newell and his coaching staff should take a lot of credit for that as it is great to see these players coming through.
“Alex Hales in particular has done very well in all forms of the game and has earned his chance at international level. He and Samit have worked particularly hard at their games.”
Notts finished second in their Clydesdale Bank 40 group, with any hope of qualifying extinguished by defeat at home to Lancashire plus Durham’s win at Surrey.
But the competition has served as a valuable testing ground for some of their exceptional youngsters. And, after already moving to strengthen the squad ahead of next season with the signing of Hampshire’s Michael Lumb and Leicestershire’s Harry Gurney, Brewer is optimistic they will challenge again next year.
He said: “Mick and his team have done exceptionally well to blood these youngsters this season. But these things don’t happen overnight and a lot of praise must also go to Chris Tolley and his team at the academy.
“We’re now seeing the fruits of our endeavour at that level, with Sam Kelsall, Sam Wood and Brett Hutton all playing for the U19s.
“The coaches have also done well at taking players from other counties and helping them develop the skills they have already. The investment at both levels is paying off.
“There are peaks and troughs at every county. It just so happens we’ve got a number of youngsters coming through who have the opportunity to make the grade.
“You have to look at a club over a cycle. In the last few years we’ve been able to win trophies and produce some talent and that can only augur well for the future.
“Ultimately, one of our main raison d’etres is to produce England players and we all hope they all do well in the forthcoming games.”