George Garton, a left-arm quick of considerable promise, caught England’s eye in his debut season for Sussex. Only four months after his debut, he was a surprise inclusion in the England Lions squad to face Sri Lanka A and Pakistan A as England continued their never-ending hunt for a left-arm quick of Test standard.
Garton, who represented England U-19 in the 2015 World Cup in Bangladesh, took a wicket with his first ball in first-class cricket, against Leeds/Bradford MCCU at Hove and made his debut in all three formats with Sussex’s bowling coach, Jon Lewis, describing him as “a real gem”.
With England suffering something of an injury crisis at the start of their 2017-18 Ashes tour, Garton – who had impressed both for the Lions and in net sessions with the full England squad – was called-up into the tour party ahead of the first Test as short-term cover. He had only played nine first-class games at the time.
After missing most of 2018 due to a freak injury – he suffered a side strain picking up a suitcase from the baggage carousel at Los Angeles airport while rushing to get a connecting flight – Garton was afforded a run in Sussex’s 50-over side the following year, though struggled for Championship playing time. He considers himself an all-rounder, and hit a pair of fifties from No. 9 at the end of the 2019 first-class season.
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