Durham fast bowler Brydon Carse was asked if he could be England’s enforcer. After a quick thought, he said yes.
The 26-year-old wants to play aggressively and make an impact in the game. While he may not be able to take wickets, he would like to create opportunities for his teammates.
In the second One-Day International against the Netherlands, Carse took three wickets for 48 runs. He was able to give the Dutch players the impetus by hitting the pitch hard and allowing them to get on the board quickly. He also helped out by running out Scott Edwards with a superb throw from mid-on.
Last year, Carse made his England debut after the team’s first-choice team was removed by Covid. The 6-feet-3 played in three One-Day Internationals and took five wickets in the third game against Pakistan at Edgbaston. After restricting Pakistan to a below-par total, Carse helped his team win the game with two overs to spare.
Carse as Durham’s valuable asset
Despite missing out on the Lions’ tour of England due to injury, Carse has been considered a valuable asset for the team. In a climate where the team is missing several of its fast bowlers due to various injuries, such as Saqib Mahmood, Matt Fisher, Chris Woakes, and Mark Wood, he can provide a steady supply of fast bowling.
Carse is known for hitting the pitch hard and moving the ball at speeds of up to 90mph. The South African-born believes that his ability to fast-pace up will allow him to play a vital role in the team’s future. He said that playing in a team with a few injured fast bowlers would enable him to take the opportunities that come his way.
“When things are clicking it’s good to bowl quick. It adds a different dimension to the team. If I can be bowling in and around that 90mph mark then I am sure it will create opportunities for me in any side in which I am playing … There’s a few guys who can bowl those speeds who are carrying injuries so if any more opportunities come up I’ll be happy to take them,” said the 26-year-old bowler.
Due to his role in the team, Carse is often compared to the former England fast bowler Liam Plunkett. He said playing the same position would be a huge positive for him. He noted that playing in the same role would allow him to follow in the footsteps of a great player.
“That’s something I am striving to be like. Obviously, he had a very good England career and if I can fulfil that role going forward it’s a big positive,” said Carse.
Carse is currently playing for Durham, one of the country’s leading counties. He is currently alongside other promising young players, such as Ben Stokes and Matthew Potts, who recently made their debut for England.
Carse was initially unable to play for Durham during the county’s first five Championship games due to an injury. Despite his injury, he still wants to play for England.
“I missed the first five Championship games at Durham because I was coming back from injury. But I want to play Test cricket for England,” Carse said.