Five things to know about England new boy Jamie Porter
PUBLISHED: 18:28 26 July 2018 | UPDATED: 18:28 26 July 2018
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Essex's Jamie Porter is still flying under the radar after his maiden call-up to an England Test squad, thanks to the controversy surrounding Adil Rashid's return.
Press Association Sport tries to blow the seamer’s cover.
A teenage Porter had concluded it was not worth pursuing a professional career with either Essex or Middlesex after failing to land a contract. Instead, he squared it with himself to take up the security of an office job as a recruitment consultant in Enfield. It was only when he then started to make a name for himself in club cricket that he thought again.
‘One last go’
After his 75 wickets - at under 17 each - in Essex’s 2017 Specsavers County Championship-winning campaign, Porter readily recalled how he had decided to have another shot at professional cricket. He had an outstanding 2014 summer with Chingford in the Essex League and did not have to think too long when his native county came calling again.
“I quit my job after one second-team game,” he later said. “I had enough savings to get me through that summer, so I thought, ‘I’ll give it one last go’.”
Silverwood, the mentor
Porter credits former England seamer Chris Silverwood as the man who, as Essex coach, “taught me how to bowl”. The Yorkshireman oversaw Essex’s title push last season, of course, and has since become England’s bowling coach. That will ensure at least one especially friendly face for the Test hopeful when he arrives for duty next week.
No messing about
Porter made his first-class debut at the age of 21 in September 2014, and came of age almost instantly with the wicket of Kent’s Darren Stevens in his first over. He went on to take more than 50 wickets in each of the next two seasons, before upping the ante last year as his and Essex’s success brought him recognition on and off the field – as a Cricket Writers’ Player of the Year, Wisden Cricketer of the Year and with an England Lions call-up.
The metronomic seamer ought to feel at home if he gets his chance at Edgbaston – scene of Essex’s title-clinching three-day victory last September. A match haul of 7-99 was handy but not remarkable in the Porter catalogue. Once Lancashire’s win over Somerset at Taunton then confirmed Essex’s silverware, it was party time for the Eagles and their lynchpin bowler in Birmingham.