Former Papplewick & Linby bowling ace Mark Footitt has been named in England’s 14-man squad for the fourth Investec Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, which starts tomorrow.
The left-arm Derbyshire paceman, who ended the 2014 season as the country’s leading wicket taker, will join the England squad as replacement for the injured James Anderson.
The 28-year-old was the county’s stand-out seamer last summer, claiming 106 wickets in all competitions, the most by a Derbyshire bowler since Brian Jackson and Harold Rhodes in 1965.
He has continued to lead the way with the ball in 2015, claiming 50 wickets in 11 first-class appearances this summer, at 23 apiece.
Footitt grew up as an integral member of Papplewick’s successful youth policy.
Footitt’s raw potential as a fast left-arm bowler was nurtured so well by Papplewick that he went on to join Notts CCC as a 19-year-old in 2005.
He never quite made the grade at Trent Bridge, struggling to match his pace with consistency and control.
However, he has resurrected his professional career since joining Derbyshire four years ago, helping the county win promotion to the top division of the Championship in 2012.
Footitt is the first Derbyshire player to be named in an England Test squad since Dominic Cork in 2002.
Elite performance director, Graeme Welch said: “Everyone at Derbyshire is delighted for Mark.
“He has worked extremely hard over the last two years and has shown time and time again what he can do for the county.
“He fully deserves his chance on the international stage and if he plays we know he’ll do a great job.”
Derbyshire chairman Chris Grant added: “We would like to congratulate Mark on his call-up to the England squad for the fourth Ashes Test.
“It’s great news for Mark and for the club and represents the progress we are making here at Derbyshire.
“We want to produce England cricketers and, with Mark, we hope he is the first of many Derbyshire players to go on to represent their country.”
National selector, James Whitaker commented: “With James Anderson missing this Test through injury and some concerns over Mark Wood’s workload in the build up to the last Test we felt that bringing in two extra bowlers in Liam Plunkett and Mark Footitt was necessary.
“Congratulations to Liam and Mark on their selection and on behalf of the selectors I’d like to wish Alastair and Trevor all the very best for the fourth Test.
“The performance at Edgbaston this week was very encouraging and it is important we build on that at Trent Bridge.”