England Cricket: Power Ranking England's Top 5 Young Bowlers

Dave GibbsContributor IIIDecember 8, 2011

England Cricket: Power Ranking England's Top 5 Young Bowlers

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    England’s Test team hold the No. 1 ranking in the world and the Twenty20 side are the reigning world champions.

    The reasons for this success can be found not only in the great batsmen which England has at their disposal, but also the bowling attack, which has been superb in the last few years.

    Graeme Swann and Jimmy Anderson still have a fair few years left between them, but pushing hard for places in the side is some great young bowling talent.

    Here is a power ranking of the top five of England’s young bowlers.

5. Chris Wood (LFM)

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    The young Hampshire bowler Chris Wood is one of England most talented up and coming bowlers.

    With a quick delivery and solid outings with the bat, including 56 from 42 balls against Worcestershire last season, it’s only a matter of time before Wood presses for full England honours.

    As Hampshire have been relegated to Division Two of the County Championship, Wood will see plenty of time on the field for his county.

    With Chris Tremlett having recently making the England side from, at the time, Division Two Surrey, Wood will hope to be the next to make that leap into international cricket.

4. Ben Stokes (RM)

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    Durham’s Ben Stokes revealed himself to be an extraordinary talent last season.

    As an all-rounder, Stokes’ talent with both bat and ball was seen with a century in 135 balls against Hampshire, as well as taking three wickets in one over in the same match.

    Stokes will get more time in an aging Durham side, and will press further for full England honours.

3. Scott Borthwick (LS)

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    Five wickets against a Hyderabad XI in the subcontinent showed the value of a leg spinner to England. Borthwick is another young Durham player who is prepared to make great strides in international cricket in the near future.

    The first leg spinner to take five wickets in a match for England since Tommy Greenhough in 1959, Borthwick’s rise will likely end in full Test caps.

    For now, Graeme Swann is the lead spinner in the England attack, but with Borthwick and a host of others behind him, Swann will have to go out and prove he is the best spinner in the world every time he steps onto the field.

2. Jade Dernbach (RFM)

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    Possibly the best death bowler in one day cricket available to England, Jade Dernbach has struggled with the slower ball in the Indian subcontinent, but at home it is one of the key weapons in his arsenal, deceiving batsmen as it makes its way at a much slower pace than expected towards them.

    Having established himself in the ODI series’ over the summer, Dernbach needs to keep producing as England has a plethora of fast bowlers available to them.

1. Steven Finn (RFM)

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    Steven Finn has already won full England caps, and has solidified his place in the squad with strong performances over the summer.

    With 94 mph balls being recorded with consistency in India, Finn has wicked pace which threatens batsmen at the crease.

    His height also produces great bounce, with fast balls raining down from his 6’7” frame.

    Finn has already won a place, but with Jimmy Anderson, Graham Onions, Chris Tremlett, Stuart Broad and a number of others pushing for one of just three places for fast bowlers Finn will have to stay injury free and keep producing what he has done so far.