Ones to Watch: Matt Parkinson
Vitality Blast: Ones to Watch - Matt Parkinson
Matthew Parkinson could be one of the stars of this summer’s Vitality Blast.
Some of the biggest names in world cricket will line up in the competition, including Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who will provide a direct comparison to the young Boltonian.
But Parky could trump the lot!
Ahead of the final, the 21-year-old was the leading wicket-taker in the Royal London one-day Cup with 18 from eight appearances, including a best of 5-68.
In last summer’s Blast, he took 14 wickets from nine outings, with his economy rate of 6.06 runs per over one of the best in the tournament.
Now, with an extra year’s experience under his belt, he is primed to impress again.
An energetic character on and off the field, Parkinson has already played for the England Lions and has trained with the full England Test squad.
In fact, he has been warming up for the Blast by playing one-day cricket for the Lions in their tri-series against the A sides of India and the West Indies.
And he can’t be a million miles away from senior honours. An early winter tour to Sri Lanka has to be a realistic aim for the man whose twin brother Callum bowls left-arm spin for Leicestershire.
It has been quite obvious how much team-mates and coaches have talked up Parkinson’s ability to thrive in the pressure situations, including bowling at the death.
"You look at him last year and he was still quite raw,” said Lightning captain Liam Livingstone. “But he's learnt a lot.
“He's spent some time with the Lions, and he's now pushing his way through as someone we rely on in white ball cricket.
“It's great for me as a captain to have a leg-spinner who lands it consistently and wants to be involved in the pressure moments. He's a great weapon to have.
"Emirates Old Trafford suits him. It's a big ground, and the pitches can spin. It's his job to keep learning and be motivated to get better. Hopefully he can carry on his good form.
Livingstone went on: "All Parky worries about is taking wickets. He couldn't care less how many sixes he gets hit for, and that's what you want - people who take wickets. It's very handy for me to have.
"The way Parky is as a person, he'll never get down on himself. He has the perfect attitude for T20 cricket. If he gets hit for 50 one game, he'll have completely forgotten about it two days later. His skill is very good in this form of the game.
“Sometimes he will bowl to the shorter side, and sometimes he will bowl at the death. He enjoys the challenge, and I'm more than happy to give it to him. We have a lot of faith in what he does.”
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