George is named man of series for U-19s against Sri Lanka

August 26 2016

GLOUCESTERSHIRE batsman George Hankins was named England Under 19s’ man-of-the-series against Sri Lanka. The 19-year-old scored 188 runs at an average of 62.66 in the three match one-day contest.

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GLOUCESTERSHIRE  batsman George Hankins was named England Under 19s’ man-of-the-series against Sri Lanka. The 19-year-old scored 188 runs at an average of 62.66 in the three match one-day contest.

The right hander was chosen by Sri Lanka’s coaching staff after the tourists clinched the series 3-0 following on from their 1-0 win over England in the Test series.

George was an ever-present in both formats but was singled out for his contribution in the 50-over-a-side games by England Development Programme (EDP) head coach Andy Hurry.

He said: “George has played a lot of first-class cricket for Gloucestershire this year, so he put a wealth of experience into this under-19 series.

“He was disappointed not to kick on after making a start in the first four-day match, and not really making his mark on that series. But he’s definitely left a mark on the one-day series. What’s really encouraging to me is the way he managed his innings – he looks to accumulate runs, with good attacking intent and strong positive shots, but in a sensible way.”

George – who made scores of 98 and 79 in his last two matches for England – is available for Gloucestershire’s next County Championship match against Kent at the Brightside Ground on Tuesday starting on August 23. 

Reflecting on his time with England George said: “It was a very good experience against a very competitive Sri Lankan team. It was a shame we didn’t get the results we wanted but it was a challenge for me, particularly facing a lot of spinners and I learned a lot.

“Obviously the Test series didn’t go to plan for me but I just came in open-minded and I knew that if I backed my ability I could score some runs and it paid off.”

The Test and ODI series were George’s first taste of international cricket and he says it was a thrill to pull on the famous three lions for the first time.

George made his County Championship debut for Glos v Worcestershire in April 2016 and scored his first half century against Glamorgan at the Brightside Ground in May.

He hopes to use his experience with the Lions as a springboard to help him contribute towards Gloucestershire’s Division Two promotion battle.

He said: “I will take a lot of confidence from my last two innings. If I keep working hard in the nets like I have done over the last couple of months then hopefully I can get back into the team and score a few runs.”

One man pleased to see have George back in contention for a first team place is stand-in skipper Michael Klinger.

He said: “Going off to represent England was tremendous experience for George and it was great to see him do so well in the last couple of games.”