Yorkshire youngster Rhodes must raise scores to rise to first team (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Yorkshire youngster Rhodes must raise scores to rise to first team
Updated 7:31am Tuesday 17th June 2014 in Sport
Yorkshire's award winner Will Rhodes has been told to rack up the runs if he wants to break into the county's first team.
The 19-year-old all-rounder was last week honoured by the ECB as their England Development Programme Cricketer of the Year, mainly for his captaincy of the country's under-19s team at the recent World Cup.
Rhodes made his one-day and Twenty20 debuts for Yorkshire last season but he has yet to feature this summer after a frustrating start to the second XI campaign due mainly to bad weather.
In 15 matches in the seconds across all forms, he has only passed 50 twice – in the same three-day match against Nottinghamshire in April – and he has only taken five wickets.
Rhodes is a left-handed middle order batsman and a right-arm medium paced bowler whose performances and captaincy at the World Cup in the UAE through February went a long way to helping England reach the semi-finals.
"Will has worked hard on his game and he has plenty of things to improve but he is the first to admit that," said first-team coach Jason Gillespie.
"He's doing that in the second team and one thing we're challenging him on at the moment is that he's getting a lot of good starts but just not going on and getting the big scores.
"I say to all our second-team players that 40s and 50s just don't interest me at all. You can get the best 40 or 50 in the second team that you like but they need to get hundreds to make me pick them.
"How can we pick lads who are getting 30s, 40s and 50s? I want to see some big scores.
"Alex Lees, last year, just kept getting hundreds, and he kept asking me when I was going to pick him. You can't keep ignoring the best performers."
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