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Tom Banton heading for South Africa

Somerset’s Tom Banton spent his final day training at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton on Monday before heading off to South Africa with England Young Lions on Wednesday.

The 19 year old wicket-keeper/batsman signed a two year contract after graduating from the Somerset Academy and made his senior debut in the NatWest T20 Blast in 2017.

Now he is off to play in a tri-series involving South Africa and Namibia alongside Somerset teammates Fin Trenouth and Tom Lammonby.

Ahead of the trip Tom said: “We’re going out to Potchefstroom and we’ll be out there for three weeks. I’ve never been there before and I reckon that it will be quite different, so we are all pretty excited about it.

“I’ve enjoyed my winter schedule up to now. Most of the work I’ve been doing here has been fitness based and the winters are about getting stronger and fitter so that I don’t get injured.

“I’m already really looking forward to the 2018 season and what it holds for me. I had a taste of playing for the first team last summer and I’ll be hoping for some more chances this time round.”

Regarding the Young Lions trip Tom said: “Steve Rhodes (former Worcestershire coach and wicket-keeper) has just taken over from Andy Hurry and I worked with him when he was with us in Desert Springs, which I really enjoyed.

“We come back home on December 12th by which time we will know if we have been chosen to go to the Under 19 World Cup in New Zealand. Hopefully I will do well enough to get chosen for that trip in January.”

Looking towards the new season Tom said: “I will definitely be looking to impress the coaches at Somerset and hoping to play first team cricket in 2018.”

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