I wonder if that's a by-product of the ECB's new 7 year qualification rule coming into play?
If a foreign-born UK national arrives in Britain before his 18th birthday he'll still only have to face a 4-year residency before being eligible for England. I guess that might make any waverers take the jump whereas before they might suck it and see if they get a go at a provincial side for a coupla years.
I'm sure there's loads of independent sixth form colleges ready to offer scholarships to promising SA cricketers with British passports.
- As featured in The Independent.
"This is not the time for namby-pamby promising youngsters who might just do something; not the time for building for the future. Pragmatism rules and they don't come more pragmatic than Rogers."
- Victor Marks makes the case for stiff-legged and stiff-armed 35 year old left-handers in Ashes squads