Busy time for George
Somerset’s young batting star George Bartlett is back home in Yeovil after spending the few weeks before Christmas playing for England Under 19′s in a Tri Nations series against India and hosts Sri Lanka.
The 17 year old, who attends Millfield School and graduated through the Somerset age groups before joining the Academy, was also selected to play for his country in the Under 19 World Cup which is taking place in Bangladesh in January and February.
Reflecting on his time in Sri Lanka, the youngster who plays his club cricket for WEPL side Bridgwater said: “For me personally things went pretty well. I started off well and managed to get a good score in the warm up game and then got a start when we played India the first time. I finished off pretty well with a score against India the second time we played them so overall I’m pretty pleased.
“It was great to be able to get back outside and play cricket, although it was pretty hot and humid with the temperature in the mid 30s when the sun came out. That will stand us in good stead going forward to the World Cup in Bangladesh where it will be very hot as well. I also managed to get a wicket with my second or third ball, which was a bit lucky but they all count! I hope I can get to bowl a bit more in the future.”
Talking about the overall experience George said: “It was good to go out to Sri Lanka with an England tour and we were treated like elite cricketers and trained everyday and things like that. It was great to get that sort of experience and Sri Lanka is a really nice place with a great culture and the people are very friendly and polite.”
Looking ahead George said: “We head off to Dubai for a week’s training camp on January 14th and whilst we are there we will be playing a warm up game against South Africa. From there we head to Bangladesh, where we are based in Chittagong and play some warm up games before the group stages of the World Cup at the end of the month.”