In-form Clarke told to stay Sharp

17 May 2018 03:46:14 EST

Worcestershire batsman Joe Clarke has been urged to maintain his fine recent form in a bid to break into the England set-up this summer.

The talented 21-year-old right-hander missed out on selection for the first Test against Pakistan, despite making centuries against Surrey and Essex in his last two County Championship outings.

It is scores that count and if you make runs consistently you get noticed.

Kevin Sharp

And Clarke has been challenged to keep up the good work in the weeks ahead to remind the selectors just what he is capable of.

Pears head coach Kevin Sharp told the Worcester News: "It is scores that count and if you make runs consistently you get noticed.

"People notice people who make hundreds and Joe's hundreds against Surrey and Essex would have been noticed. It's the best way of doing it and it's a case of 'back it up, back it up, back it up'.

"Joe has backed it up twice now. Do it again and again and again, keep producing and the opportunity will come.

"He hasn't got in this time and will be disappointed because playing for his country is what he wants, but the best thing to do is keep knocking on the door."

Having struggled on their return to the first division of the County Championship, Worcs can now turn their attentions to the Royal London One-Day Cup, with their opening game against Derbyshire at New Road on Saturday.

The Pears reached the semi-finals of the competition last summer, before being well beaten by 153 runs by Surrey at Worcester.

They can be backed at 1212/1 to win the Royal London One-Day Cup this season, with Surrey 1212/1 and Yorkshire 1212/1.

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