By Michael Gowler
Eastbourne cricketer Callum Jackson returned home afterplaying a key role in a tour of South Africa as a member of the England U19 team.
The Upper Sixth Bede’s student, who is a wicket keeper-batsman, has featured in most of Sussex 2nd XI games last season and earned recognition after a series of impressive performances in which he has scored two centuries and a number of half-centuries.
In the first of the two tests, which started on January 23, South Africa began brightly making a triple breakthrough to reduce England to 14-3 and later, 48-4.
Jackson arrived at the crease and helped steady the side, taking England to 81-4 at the lunch break.
He formed an invaluable partnership of 63 with Ed Barnard and later added a further 62 with Eangland U19 captain, Ollie Stone.
England eventually wrapped up the first test with a 107-run victory, which saw Jackson hit a well-crafted43 off 117 balls, including several fours.
During the second test, which started on February 3, Jackson and Barnard helped opener Dominic Sibley push for 200 in the first innings, but in the second, South Africa’s spin bowlers were too strong, squaring the Test series with a 67-run victory.
Jackson, who has played for Sussex CCC since U11, has been involved in the England Development Programme since the age of 16 and has just entered his third year in the Sussex Academy.
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