Ed Barnard (PH LVI) has been selected as one of 15 players in the England U19 Development Squad, and will be touring with them in South Africa for a month at the end of January.
Ed, who joined our Sixth Form last term, has already represented England at the Under 17 level. He and his two brothers Michael (Rb 2006-2008) Stephen (Rb 2009-2011) all play for Shrewsbury Cricket Club's 1st XI, and Ed is also a member of Worcestershire's Academy and has been in the England Development Programme for the past two years.
Having only returned from the Shrewsbury School cricket tour to Cape Town just before Christmas, Ed is at least familiar with the conditions he will be playing in when he returns there later this month. The England U19 squad are scheduled to play two four-day Tests and five one-day internationals against South Africa U19s, as part of the build-up for the Under 19 World Cup in February 2014.
Worcestersshire's Director of Cricket, Steve Rhodes, commented "Ed is a talented all-rounder with an old head on young shoulders" and Shrewsbury Cricket Club's Captain Rob Foster concurs "he's an outstanding talent... he's equally as good at each of the three disciplines: batting, bowling and fielding."
Ed has just this weekend signed his first professional contract with Worcestershire CCC, and will be playing for them over the next two summers.