Name: Rory Hamilton-Brown
Teams: England U-19s, Surrey, Sussex
Rory Hamilton-Brown, essentially, is a young one-day player for Sussex, who occasionally opens the batting in an “explosive” way, and bowls off stump off-spinning darts – my personal favourite.
Rory is basically famous for two things: for the ECB thinkin’ he was a naughty boy for drinking alcohol before an U-19 Test match (when he wasn’t, uh oh!), and for his matchwinning performance against Warwickshire in the Twenty20 quarters. Oh, and he’s mates with Danny Cipriani. “How cool?”
Rory is more than that though: he’s just pretty cool. He is just so cool. If most young English players appear to be the zany dork with oversized magnified NHS spectacles who can barely mutter a whisper of even the most mundane cricketing doublespeak (Will Beer perhaps?), Rory Hamilton-Brown is the bully. He’s big, he’s strong, he looks like a bit of a bastard. I bet he’s nutted someone before. And he’s pretty talented too.
At the Twenty20 game against Warwickshire he was getting a bit of stick from the crowd – ‘Oi, so who’s a pretty boy then?’ etc. Some alternate fledglings may have wimpered and quivered, but not our Rory – he went out and took 3 wickets. Oh yes.
Could he play for England? At this time, he’s about as close to getting into the team as Mark Ramprakash (which is quite a long away indeed). He has the potential to be a decent one-day player, but is a batsman or an off-spinner? Hopefully he can be more than what Jamie Dalrymple offered. Which shouldn’t be hard.