Schofield's remarkable turnaround

SUFFOLK all-rounder Chris Schofield has spoken of his remarkable journey back into the England fold for this autumn's ICC World Twenty20 tournament less than two years after he almost quit cricket.

SUFFOLK all-rounder Chris Schofield has spoken of his remarkable journey back into the England fold for this autumn's ICC World Twenty20 tournament less than two years after he almost quit cricket.

The 28-year-old, who holds a dual registration with first-class county Surrey, completed a remarkable renaissance in his fortunes after being named in England's 30-man provisional squad for the two-week long tournament, which will be held in South Africa this September.

Seven years after playing two Tests against Zimbabwe, Schofield's inclusion has arguably caused an even bigger stir than the return of Marcus Trescothick and is a reward for finishing as leading wicket-taker with 17 victims for Surrey in the group stages of the Twenty20 Cup.

Less than two years ago, Schofield's future was looking bleak after winning £7,000 from Lancashire for his unfair dismissal at an industrial tribunal, which resulted in him travelling around the country playing club and Minor Counties cricket in an effort to secure another professional contract.


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Schofield played for his local club at Littleborough in the Lancashire league, Cheshire, Ormskirk and Suffolk, where he was spotted by former Surrey batsman David Ward who recommended him to his former employers at The Oval.

"I was still living in the north but kept travelling down to Suffolk to play for them just to get a game,” recalled Schofield, who was given a trial by Surrey last season before earning a one-year deal.

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"I used to play for Ormskirk on the Saturday and then travel down Saturday night to Ipswich so I could play the next day - I did a lot of miles during that time.”

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