England coach backs Jackson
PUBLISHED: 11:30 05 March 2015
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Rainham teenager praised ahead of Australian tour
Rainham teenager Ronnie Jackson’s youthful exuberance can help England’s Learning Disabilities cricket team roar Down Under, according to head coach Derek Morgan.
The 16-year-old will be the youngest member of a 15-man squad that will make the trip to Melbourne to take on the Aussies from March 17.
It is a series that will see the Three Lions contest four one-day international and two T20 matches as they go in search of glory in the first meeting between the sides in four years.
And, despite being the youngest member of the squad, Morgan believes Rainham starlet Jackson has a big role to play.
“Ronnie is the youngest member of the squad, although if you sit and have a conversation with him you would think he’s the most mature member of the team,” said Morgan.
“He’s a really responsible young man and takes his cricket very, very seriously and is an aggressive player, but a positive person.
“He brings a lot of self-belief to the squad, which is very welcome, and trusts himself to perform in whatever situation.
“He is completely fearless and bowls some very good away swing for us and bats in the middle order with a really positive approach, which gives us real impetus in the middle innings.
“He’s a smashing young man to have around the group and is a fantastic player to have around.”
For Morgan the opportunity to take on Australia is one that he is relishing and he believes the squad are in perfect shape to repeat the 2-0 whitewash from the last meeting in 2011.
“They are a fantastic group and it’s just about managing them well,” he added.
“The added incentive of it being a traditional rivalry when we go out there in their environment is a fabulous challenge for me as a coach and for the players.
“I’m so excited by it and I think the players are feeling the same emotions and are really up for it.
“We are really confident that we are doing all we can do for our players and giving them the platform to go and play.
“If we do that then we will be very competitive and can make a real impact over there because I think this is the best prepared LD squad we have ever had in place.”
*ECB is an inclusive organisation providing support and a pathway for disability cricket from grassroots to elite.
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