Fast bowler Fish-ing for more England honours 

Matthew Fisher made his England Test debut against the West Indies in Barbados in March 2022, striking his only his second ball when he had John Campbell caught behind. It was a magic moment for a fast bowler who first played for Yorkshire aged just 15 years and 212 days.

In playing a 40-over game against Leicestershire at Scarborough on June 9, 2013, the York-born quick became the youngest post war county cricketer.

A bowling all-rounder, he has led an England Under 19s bowling attack at a World Cup and has played for the Lions at home and abroad. In early 2023, he claimed 5-34 in a draw against Sri Lanka A at Galle – his then career best figures in first-class cricket.

Largely, 2022 proved frustrating. He only played two competitive fixtures for Yorkshire due to a stress fracture of his back, though he was handed his first-team cap in September. He subsequently earned an ECB fast bowling contract, giving England’s management a greater say in his development.

In 2023, he bettered those aforementioned career best figures with a superb 5-30 in the first innings of Yorkshire’s June Championship win over Derbyshire at Chesterfield, claiming 28 wickets in nine matches in all.

Fisher played a small part in Yorkshire’s 2015 Championship title success, the year he debuted in that format.

He helped home club Sheriff Hutton Bridge win the Yorkshire Premier League North title (2019) and claimed five wickets on his T20 debut for Yorkshire in 2015.

Fisher, who signed Academy terms with Yorkshire aged 14, has seen his growth stunted by injuries. But exciting times are ahead for the affable 26-year-old.

UPDATED: Feb 2024.

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