Tom Brown is a high-performance coach with Warwickshire County Cricket Club and is completing a PhD in talent identification and development in cricket.
Inside the indoor nets at the famous Edgbaston ground in Birmingham, he told the ABC just how skewed England’s selections had become.
“We looked through all the specialist [batsmen] that debuted (for England in Tests) since 2011, and we found that 95 per cent of them have been white, 77 per cent of them have come from private schools, only 30 per cent of them have managed to average over 30 or more, with one player averaging 40 or more, which was Joe Root,” he said.
If you have to do a PhD to identify talent, chances are the natural gift for scouting isn’t your strong suit. While it’s not unreasonable to examine possible disconnects between less prestigious schools and top flight selection, by conflating alleged disadvantage with race (and religion) Brown is laying the groundwork for a quota regime that will reduce the game itself to ashes.