Our Will shows Alastair Cook’s England how to do it

WILL POWER  - -     England's captain with the Hucknall connection, Will Rhodes
WILL POWER - - England's captain with the Hucknall connection, Will Rhodes

As England’s cricket team prepare to take on India at Trent Bridge on Saturday in their latest one-day international (ODI), they might consider taking a leaf out of a Hucknall book.

The recent record of Alastair Cook’s men in 50-over cricket leaves a lot to be desired.

But England’s under-19s, captained by an all-rounder with Hucknall roots, have just completed a 5-0 ODI whitewash against South Africa.

Will Rhodes (19) hails from a famous cricketing family in Hucknall, where his dad, Robert, spent some of his childhood days and where his grandfather, Peter (81), still lives -- on Brickyard Drive.

Will, who is on Yorkshire’s books, captained England to the semi-finals of the ICC Under-19s World Cup during the winter. And last week, his side completed five one-day wins over South Africa, including a couple at Trent Bridge, having drawn two Test matches against them earlier in the summer.

Opening the batting, he scored two half-centuries (60 at Trent Bridge and 50 at Leicester) in a haul of 174 runs in five innings. He also took a total of 12 wickets, which included a return of five for 48 from nine overs in the opening match at Edgbaston.