Craig Meschede: John Derrick tips Glamorgan all-rounder for England

Craig Meschede
Craig Meschede hit his maiden century against Surrey in Cardiff in 2015

Former Glamorgan coach John Derrick has tipped all-rounder Craig Meschede to be the county's next England player.

Meschede, 24, has targeted a place in the second-string England Lions team since joining Glamorgan from Somerset.

But Derrick feels the South Africa-born player, who was on loan with the Welsh county in 2015, can aim higher.

"He could be the next guy from Glamorgan that actually plays for England in any sort of cricket. I liked what I saw last year," said Derrick.

Glamorgan players who have represented England in Tests
Maurice Turnbull v New Zealand, Christchurch, 1929-30 - nine Tests
Johnnie Clay v South Africa, The Oval, 1935 - one Test
Austin Matthews v New Zealand, The Oval, 1937 - one Test
Allan Watkins v Australia, The Oval, 1948 - 15 Tests
Gilbert Parkhouse v West Indies, Lord's, 1950 - seven Tests
Jim McConnon v Pakistan, Manchester, 1954 - two Tests
Peter Walker v South Africa, Birmingham, 1960 - three Tests
Jeff Jones v India, Mumbai, 1963-64 - 15 Tests
Tony Lewis v India, Delhi, 1972-73 - nine Tests
Greg Thomas v West Indies, Kingston, 1985-86 - five Tests
Matthew Maynard v West Indies, The Oval, 1988 - four Tests
Steve Watkin v West Indies, Leeds, 1991 - three Tests
Hugh Morris v West Indies, Birmingham, 1991 - three Tests
Robert Croft v Pakistan, The Oval, 1996 - 21 Tests
Steve James v South Africa, Lord's, 1998 - two Tests
Simon Jones v India, Lord's, 2002 - 18 Tests

Meschede played in all but one of Glamorgan's matches while on loan last season, across all three formats, scoring 655 runs in first-class cricket and claiming 43 wickets.

He hit the headlines by claiming the wicket of Kevin Pietersen on the former England batsman's county comeback.

But Derrick, who left as Glamorgan coach in November, 2006, believes the Welsh county did not make the most of Meschede's talents.

Fast bowler Simon Jones was Glamorgan's last England player, memorably helping them to win the 2005 Ashes series against Australia.

Alex Wharf
Alex Wharf played in 13 one-day games for England before retiring while with Glamorgan in 2009

But Alex Wharf was the last Glamorgan player to play international limited-overs cricket and Derrick sees Meschede as filling a similar role for England.

"Glamorgan started a couple of games with him opening up in T20 stuff," said Derrick.

"But I would have persevered with that and I think looking back to someone like when Wharfy got into that England side and he batted at three and bowled a heavy ball.

"And someone like Meschede can probably look to follow that.

"So I think that's a very, very good signing for Glamorgan and if I was a betting man I think he would be the one I would be looking at to push on for England honours in the next couple of years."

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