County cricket talking points: Olly Stone deserves an England call-up

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the Guardian—The Warwickshire bowler was brilliant against Sussex in the first week of the season. Why not play him against Pakistan? By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog Warwickshire’s Olly Stone is the fastest English bowler right now – and probably the fastest bowler in England. He has a patchy fitness record but so has his fellow 24-year-old Patrick Cummins and things have gone OK for him recently, haven’t they? Though innings figures of 22.5–4–80–8 are enough to make anyone sit up and take notice,...

County cricket talking points: Essex back to winning ways in title defence. Jamie Porter was the main man for Essex against Lancashire and he could do a job for England By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog Essex won 10 of their 14 Division One matches last year and six of 16 in their promotion season (2016), so it shouldn’t be a surprise to see them win again after the last week’s Headingley bogout. But, at 94-7 just after lunch against fancied Lancashire, the Chelmsford faithful must have been wondering. A winning mentality can be as infectious as a losing one...