8 Jun 2013

Youngest county cricketer selected after warning from Crowe

9:07 am on 8 June 2013

A 15-year-old bowler is poised to make history after being named in English county Yorkshire's squad for their domestic 40-over match with Leicestershire.

At the age of 15 years and 212 days, Matthew Fisher will become the youngest post-war cricketer to play in one of England's county competitions if he features in the game in the northeastern town of Scarborough.

Fisher's elevation comes only a day after the New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe released his memoirs in which he questions whether he should have been selected to play first class cricket for Auckland aged only 14.

Crowe, who first played for his country at age 19, thinks the pressures of top level cricket from such a young age had a negative impact on his health.

The record for the youngest player to appear in an English first-class game is held by Yorkshire wicketkeeper Barney Gibson, who was 15 years and 27 days old when he donned the gloves against Durham University in April 2011.

Gibson broke a record set by Hampshire's Charles Young in 1867, but he is still waiting for his second appearance in the senior side.