Matt Coles call-up to England Lions can inspire Kent's young stars
JIMMY ADAMS believes Matt Coles' call-up to the England Lions squad to take on West Indies can act as a great incentive for the young Kent players.
Big things are expected from all-rounder Coles, 21, who has started the season in flying form.
He took 6-32 in the CB40 match with Yorkshire on Sunday to go with a Championship hundred and another six-wicket haul in the longer form of the game.
Coles is the only uncapped player in the Lions squad and Adams believes he deserves his place.
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The Kent coach said: "We're very happy and everyone at the club is very proud of what he's done so far this season.
"I will have to change the team for the Essex game but you don't mind doing that when one of your guys gets called up to represent his country.
"He's still only young but the call-up can act as a great advert for the other guys who are with us and want to go on and progress in the game.
"If you look at the work he's put in since the end of last season you can see just how much he deserves it.
"All of the players and supporters are behind him and if he plays against the West Indies it will be a proud moment for everyone."
Coles's team-mates James Tredwell, Rob Key and Geraint Jones have all gone on to play for England after impressing at Kent.
His turn may be a while coming yet but Coles's influence has been massive in helping Kent race out the blocks this season.
They are still unbeaten and got their CB40 campaign off on a high with victory over Yorkshire.
Adams chose to bring Adam Ball, Sam Billings and Alex Blake into the side at the expense of Ben Harmison, Mike Powell and Scott Newman – and it worked.
"I chose the best team possible for the game," said Adams. "It wasn't a case of resting people because these lads have earned the right to play.
"I'm happy with the result and I'm happy too in the way we got the result.
"The lads bowled well to keep a pretty strong Yorkshire batting line-up to that score.
"We went out and got the runs in the end and it means we're off to a winning start.
"The whole squad have shown a great attitude to matches so far, so to get results on top of that is really heartening.
"Their discipline and commitment has really impressed me."