Daily Mail UK – When Richard Gleeson began the 2018 first-class season with a hat-trick for MCC against county champions Essex over in Barbados, it was just another plot on a graph that is rapidly heading in one direction.

Summary

  • When Richard Gleeson began the 2018 first-class season with a hat-trick for MCC against county champions Essex over in Barbados, it was just another plot on a graph that is rapidly heading in one direction.
  • Less than three years ago, at an age – 27 – when most English cricketers have been part of the system for a decade, Gleeson had not even appeared in a first-class match.
  • Now, barely before he’s had time to catch his breath, Gleeson is being mentioned as a possible Test bowler, capable of breaking both 90mph and the hegemony enjoyed by English seamers who clock in 10mph slower.
  • And while other fast bowlers have had their careers mapped out for them by the ECB and county academies, Gleeson has learned the priceless knack of self-reliance.
  • Then again, until recently, Gleeson was playing for Cumberland and regarded a first-class career as an outside bet.


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