HAMPSHIRE fast bowler John Turner is set to kick-off his hugely promising international career following his call up to the England white-ball squad.

The uncapped 22 year old has been selected in a new-look England squad for the upcoming white-ball tour of West Indies.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Turner was coached at school by former South Africa international Dale Benkenstein before moving to England during the Covid 19 pandemic.

he arrived with the dream of making it as a professional cricketer in his new country. Since making his Hampshire debut, Turner has established himself as a regular first team player.

His first professional wicket came against Alastair Cook in the Royal London Cup clash against Essex Eagles back in July 2021.

It has, however, been the past season which has caught the eye of the England selectors.

He ended the competition as Hampshire’s second-leading wicket-taker with 21 wickets in just 11 matches, with the second-best average of anyone in the competition.

Just 70 days after his T20 debut, Turner was called up to the England IT20 squad but was injured whilst playing for Trent Rockets ruling him out for the rest of the summer.

Having recently signed a development contract with England in late October, the now fully fit Turner will be fully focused on his role within the senior England set-up.

He is aiming to make his mark across the three one-day internationals in the Caribbean.

Whilst white ball cricket is seen as a real strength of his, Turner insists that he wants to develop his red ball game and, eventually, represent England across both red and white ball cricket.

Following his call up, Turner said: “I’m really excited to get the opportunity to be part of the squad and hopefully test myself against some of the best in the world.

“At the same time to be able to learn and try to soak up as much info as possible from the players and coaching staff. I just can’t wait to be out in the Caribbean and in the England environment.”