Fri, 10 Jul 2020

Brydon Carse is a step closer to joining the Greig brothers, from nearby Queenstown, as an England cricketer from the E Cape.He is the son of lively Eastern Province Currie Cup paceman of the 1980s James Carse.SA narrowly leads India as main overseas-born source of England internationals.

The 24-year-old Durham paceman and useful lower-order batsman has already represented England Lions (their equivalent of the SA 'A' side) so he has been knocking at the door.

Two other England cricketers are Cape Town-born - Jonathan Trott and Tom Curran - although Johannesburg has seen six cricketers go on to represent the old foe in the northern hemisphere: Andrew Strauss, Matt Prior, Craig Kieswetter, Jade Dernbach, Michael Lumb and Keaton Jennings.

England caps have also gone the way of other notable southern Africans: Graeme Hick, Paul Parker and Gary Ballance (all Zimbabwe-born) and Phil Edmonds and Neal Radford (Zambia).

Many followers of the former Currie Cup cricket competition in the 1980s will remember Carse's father, James, as a nippy strike bowler for Eastern Province (137 career first-class wickets at average 32).

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