Harmison's inclusion in today's Test team marks a significant step
in the ECB & Durham Cricket Academy's bid to nurture future
its establishment six years ago, the Academy has played a major
part in creating the youngest average age County squad in the country,
spawned a number of players that have represented England at various
international levels, most recently Gordon Muchall for England Under
Club's pursuit of excellence received a boost last year when Durham
was named one of seven First Class Counties to form part of a new
national network of ECB County Cricket Academies. The aim of the
Academy is to identify cricketers who have the potential of playing
at the highest level of the game and to deliver a comprehensive
development programme which will provide them with the opportunity
of fulfilling their potential.
joined the Durham Academy in 1996 before progressing to the Durham
playing staff in 1998.