People may be saying that the longer format of the game is dying out. However this doesn’t seem to be the case in the Surrey set up, who at the moment possess one of the best red ball teams in recent years. From fast bowlers, to stylish batsman and a hugely talented wicket keeper, this side seem to have it all. Not to mention the huge talent of Ollie Pope who at the age of twenty has been called up to the England squad.
So, why is this team so good? Well it is only right to start with their batting. Throughout this year Surrey have piled on big score after big score and some of this has to be put down to their opening batsmen. This partnership usually consists of the club captain Rory Burns (who is the top run scorer in the County Championship this year, scoring 875 runs with 3 fifties and 3 hundreds) and Mark Stoneman, who has and may play more for England. These two have consistently built a stable base for the side and I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them was called up to the England side in the near future. As you look down the order you find the likes of Pope (2nd top scorer in the Championship), Scott Borthwick, the young Ryan Patel, de Bruyn (South African international), all rounder Ricky Clarke and the hugely talented wicket keeper Ben Foakes. It is clear their batting order is amazingly strong, but what about the bowling?
Well it is nearly just as strong and consists of a similar amount of youth. Surrey possess the likes of former South African opening bowler Morne Morkel (who has over 300 wickets at international test level for South Africa), Jade Dernbach an amazing death bowler in the shorter formats and a useful fast bowler in the longer formats, they have two Currans at their disposal who at the ages of 20 (Sam) and 23 (Tom) have both already played for England. Surrey also have the alrounder Ricky Clarke at their disposal to bowl as well. Finally they possess two young spinners in the form of Will Jacks and Amar Virdi. With Jacks being 19 and Virdi 20 it is amazing to think that they are playing in this good a team. Virdi has also taken 24 wickets in only 8 matches!
It is hard to see that Surrey won’t win the County Championship so we will have to wait and see. Although with them already being top and to have that good a team I struggle to look past them!