2022 – England v New Zealand: Matty Potts – the confident boy before his test debut

Potts is the leading wicket player in the County Championship this season with 35 games in six games of the Second Division
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Talk to those who shared a locker room with Matty Potts, and one of the first words that pops up is “confident.”

That confidence has gotten him into trouble – sometimes painfully – in the past, but now the 23-year-old Durham footballer is on the cusp of a England debut who could come on Thursday’s first Test against New Zealand.

Lorde’s glory is a far cry from the way Potsey got his start, explains his former colleague.

“I’m a big guy, 17 or 18, but about 15, during a rain delay, Matty said, ‘I’m going to fight everyone in the locker room and I’ll start with you, Ash,'” says Ash Thorpe, who co-wrote that Potts played At his former club Washington in the Northeast.

“He just wanted to prove something – an alpha mention in it.”

Thorpe adds: “He couldn’t get past me. He was lying on the floor.

“But that’s the kind of confidence he exudes as a player and as a person.

“He’s rude in a non-offensive way, but he always had that drive, that chip, that confidence in his own abilities, and he always had that belief that he was going somewhere in the game.”

Potts started as a Washington batsman and opened in men’s league cricket as a schoolboy, but that didn’t last long.

“His old man is gigantic – about 6 feet 9 inches – so we knew he was going to end up being a pro player,” says Thorpe. “There was a game where we just clicked bowling.”

Within three years, at the age of 18, he made his Durham debut.

“He pulled out his chest like he does,” says Durham bowling coach Neil Keelen. “You’d think he’s been in the locker room for 15 years.

“He went straight into conversations with experienced players, telling everyone how to bend, how to hit or catch.

“We had to say, ‘Matthew, just find your place, my friend.'”

“He’s not calmly confident, he’s very confident, but he’s not ‘arrogant confidence.’ It’s just the way he carries himself.”

Potts said in last job interviewExternal link He was a “naughty boy” at school. He attended sixth grade at St Robert’s from Newminster in Tyne Wear, the same school as England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

“There are some connections between the two in their personality types,” says Stephen Langstaff, chair of physical education at St. Robert’s.

“Maybe this gives them a certain advantage in the sports arena.

“Matti is like the school also in football and we used his athletic ability in defence. I will use the term ‘strong.’”

Durham’s teammate Chris Rushworth praised ‘Bots’ after his win before the 23-year-old was called up for England.

An excellent start to the county championship season led the Potts to the English standings.

He is the leading wicket player in the country with 35 wickets with an average of 18.57 in the second division and can now hold onto that chest with numbers to support that belief.

Instead of fighting his teammates, he now spends his time walking his dogs or admiring the cars—or, as Thorpe puts it, “he’s calmed down a lot.”

After his first call-up in England last week, he received a text message from James Anderson, England’s most successful player, welcoming him to the team.

While discussing the team, Rob Key, the new chief executive of men’s cricket for England, addressed Potts as a “point of difference”.

Although he doesn’t have a fast pace, those who have watched his development say that Potts has upped the ante this season and his work in the gym has put him in a position to run at over 85mph.

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Potts owns 77 wickets at 26.90 in his career in the first division from 24 games

Potts has had three draws from six wickets this season and seven wickets he has won by finding rebounds off the flat courts instead of nibbling the ball with thrust or touchdown.

“He’s going to run around the field and hit the court really hard,” Keelen says.

“He will definitely step into battle and make it as uncomfortable as possible.

“Not the batsman’s chirping. This is handing the ball over in awkward situations. He’s been doing it so tirelessly all summer.”

If Potts wins the bid – it appears to be an obvious choice between him and teammate Craig Overton – it will be the latest in Durham’s bowling alley, which has been given to England’s Steve Harmison, Graham Onions, Ben Stokes and Mark Wood.

“It’s out there with those names,” Keelen says.

“His bowling magic and his matches this year are some of the best performances I’ve seen in Durham and this is my 30th year as a player and coach.

This confident kid is ready to step onto the bigger stage.