WORCESTERSHIRE all-rounder Ed Barnard believes the county is the best in the country for giving young players a chance.
The England U19 player has taken great heart from Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes’ willingness to give youth a chance at New Road, with six of the side who played in the last County Championship clash with Sussex coming from the academy.
Barnard said: “Worcestershire has a reputation for giving young players a chance which is brilliant.
“I think it’s the best county in the country for a young player in terms of the conditions, the facilities and then the chances that Bumpy (Steve Rhodes) likes to give to the young lads.”
Barnard has taken great heart from Rhodes’ positive comments about his first team prospects this summer but is aware there is still plenty of hard work ahead.
“As a young player, to hear stuff from the head coach like that is brilliant as it fills you with confidence.
“It’s not going to be a fast progress straight into the first team, but there will be chances and it’s all about taking those chances and making the most of the opportunities,” he added.
Worcestershire will look to claim their first victory in Division One this season when they host Somerset on Sunday at New Road from 11am.