Worcestershire wicket-keeper Ben Cox is good enough to represent England within the next two years according to his Greenvale Kangaroos coach Steve Maddocks.

The 22-year-old has enjoyed a fine first half to the campaign in Australia, scoring 410 runs at an average of 41 and also claiming 15 dismissals.

It followed on from a first full season of first team cricket at New Road in which he scored his first LV = County Championship century against visiting Hampshire and earned praise from Essex's former England stumper, James Foster.

Maddocks said: "“I’m not too sure where Ben sits in the overall pecking order. He is at the right age to be the next one (with England).

“I think he’s certainly good enough, he’s a terrific young fella and a very talented wicketkeeper and batsman.

“I think what he needs to do is learn how to bat for a long time.

“I think that’s what he’ll need to do in first-class cricket. He needs to put his name up in front of the selectors by getting regular high scores.”

Cox, whose county colleague Jack Shantry is also representing Greenvale this winter, has captained the Kangaroos T20 side.