Jack Haynes is relishing the prospect of working with Ian Bell when he flies out to India tomorrow (Tuesday) as part of a training get together with three other Academy batsmen.
The Worcestershire player says Bell, who has been appointed England Under-19 batting coach, was someone he admired and looked up to as a youngster.
Bell played 118 Tests and 161 ODIs with a combined tally of nearly 13,000 runs for England during an outstanding career.
Ben Charlesworth (Gloucestershire), Jordan Cox (Kent) and Tom Clark (Sussex) are also part of the quartet who will be put through their paces in India.
Haynes, who played first class matches during August and September, said: “I’m back in Monday morning with Worcestershire and we’ve got a couple of bits of fitness work to do.
“Then I’m up to London on Monday night and then fly to India on Tuesday for a week with three other batsman and Belly (Ian Bell).
“I’m really looking forward to that, looking forward to picking his brain and he was the player I look up to when I was growing up.
“Now all of a sudden he is my England Under-19 batting coach, which is quite cool. He was so consistent and technically he was so good as well and brilliant to watch.”
Haynes has been included in the squad for the Tri-Series involving England Under-19s, West Indies and Sri Lanka next month in the Caribbean ahead of the ICC Under-19 World Cup in South Africa in the New Year.
Haynes was England’s leading run-scorer in the summer 50 over series against India and Bangladesh which included three games at Blackfinch New Road.
The 18-year-old said: “It will be back to Malvern College for a couple of weeks training when I get back from India and then off to Antigua at the end of the month.”
*Jack Haynes will feature in a full interview on the Worcestershire CCC website during the next few days.