Top Cricketing Talent from King's College
A Word from our Director of Sport:
As the Cricket World Cup has recently kicked off, we will be watching with anticipation to see how Jos Buttler takes on the world, with the exemplary talent we have become very used to seeing on the television in recent years.
This week has also marked a wonderful achievement for our local Somerset County Cricket team, who deservedly won the Royal London One Day Cup, their first trophy in over a decade. During this tournament another one of our former pupils, Tom Banton, has certainly made a big name for himself hitting two match winning hundreds and scorning 69 in the final. The comparisons of Banton being the next Buttler have started to come flooding in, especially as they were both here at King’s College.
Attacking flare, positive attitude, hitting 360, mental toughness and a vast array of shots are synonymous with both players and therefore there is no surprise that comparisons are being made. Journalists have been in touch with our cricket coaches; top ex-England players are tweeting like mad about this exact same process; and reports similar to the ones below summarise what everyone is thinking:
A number of journalists have already asked the school why the Banton and Buttler comparisons are too much of a coincidence on top of the many other professional players who have come through the system.
The answers are simple: first, we encourage pupils to play multiple sports for as long as possible. Both Jos and Tom were top hockey players (as well as taking part in other sports) and there is no coincidence that the body position, wrist technique and hand-eye-co-ordination help tremendously.
Second, all cricketers are encouraged to play positively, but are also coached with individual technique and flare at the forefront of any session. There is a continual method of game management that always needs reflection, but these players epitomise what cricket at King’s is all about. Both players had innings here, where the opposition captain would have no idea where or how to set a field!
And finally, we are very lucky at King’s to have big squads and the flexibility to allow players like Tom, the opportunities to challenge themselves beyond school cricket during our season. This flexibility has enabled our players to fast track their development and has created a maturity beyond their years. It makes them tougher, more confident and more skillful in the long run.
The next few years are obviously incredibly exciting for someone as young as Tom. However, comparisons like this to big players such as Jos and Kevin Peterson require a young mind to keep his feet firmly on the ground and to keep working as hard as possible.
We are so delighted for Tom and the Somerset team and we also wish Jos and the England team all the best for the World Cup.
Published on: Monday, June 3, 2019