Somerset’s Tom Banton has since won the August PCA Player of the Month award after an month which saw him score his T20 century.
Banton was the obvious winner with 53 percent of the general vote, ahead of team-mate Tom Abell (22 percent ) Yorkshire’s Adam Lyth (13 per cent) and Derbyshire’s Wayne Madsen (12 percent ).
The shortlist had been selected by the PCA’s Most Valuable Player Rankings, with all the nominees scoring greater MVP points than anyone in August.
Fans who voted via the PCA and Sky Sports sites then had the final state, with Banton becoming the fifth distinct participant to win the award this year, following Liam Dawson in April, Simon Harmer in May, Hassan Azad in June and Ravi Ashwin at July.
“It is obviously a very special moment. It’s always great to see my name join a listing of such talented players,” explained Banton, 20.
While Craig Overton and Somerset duo Lewis Gregory are flying high in the total MVP, banton was nominated for the award alongside Abell.
“It’s fantastic having such fantastic players . They have helped me much as I’ve come into the group that’s nice for me personally being a kid and being in my first year.”
To get Banton, the month found him score 428 runs in an average of 38.9 across both formats along with his highlight undoubtedly his maiden T20 hundred from Kent in Taunton.
“I have never felt excitement like it was a bit crazy to be truthful. I struggled to sleep for the upcoming few nights which I presume was still due to the enthusiasm.”
Banton’s batting exploits watched him accrue 116.31 MVP points for the month in that area alone – more than any other player.
Although Somerset missed out on a Blast berth the youthful wicketkeeper-batsman of the side has set his sights on further success this year.
He explained:”The goal is definitely to attempt to win the upcoming few games and lift the Specsavers County Championship title at our home floor in September. That could be the dream and that is what everybody here in Taunton desires.
“If I scored a hundred at the Championship then I would be the youngest participant to get one in every one of the major competitions [overtaking Jason Roy], therefore personally I would like to do that. Nevertheless, the primary issue is merely to try and keep winning games.”
Beyond that, if Banton keeps on producing this August because he’s done the inevitable questions regarding an England call-up will last to get requested. On the other hand, the child is keen to concentrate on the here and now.
“Obviously the England white ball team are so robust and have just come off the back of winning the World Cup. It’s definitely going to be quite tough to break in that team but you never know if you continue doing. Hopefully one day I’ll find that phone call.
“This year I have done better at white-ball cricket but I’m always attempting to increase in the longer format as well. The primary goal is definitely to play Test cricket for England but I’m just trying to stay realistic at the moment so white-ball cricket will hopefully come first.”

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