Stone eyes Northants place


Seamer Olly Stone is determined to prove himself for Northamptonshire after enjoying a record-breaking winter with England Under-19s.

Stone was surprisingly thrust into a captaincy role for the age-group side against their South African counterparts after Shiv Thakor broke a finger.

He went on to lead from the front outstandingly, claiming the best-ever match figures in a Youth Test with 11-79 at Paarl.

Reflecting on that performance, he said: "It is a bit surreal to be honest. I did not even know how big an achievement it was or what I had done.

"Over the next few days afterwards, it sunk in and that was a great feeling."

He added: "The tour went really well for me; it could not have gone better. To get the captaincy and taking the best-ever figures meant it went really well.

"It was a great experience."

Stone and wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Duckett were Northants' representatives in the England Under-19s outfit.

The duo will now try and earn regular places in their county's XI - something Stone, who made numerous appearances last year, is confident they can do.

"I think we will do well and hopefully both get our chance in the first team to see what we can do," he added.

"We will just go about our business the way we do and hopefully our chances will come."

Stone is not about to pigeon-hole himself for just one form of the game, insisting he aims to feature in limited-overs and four-day cricket.

"I am keen to play all formats," he said.

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Stone eyes Northants place