Alice Capsey: Alex Hartley praises the 18-year-old England batsman

Eighteen-year-old Alice Capsey is “the best talent I’ve seen in English cricket in a long time,” says former England spinner Alex Hartley.

The right-back fired shots all over the ground to show why he is regarded as one of England’s brightest talents.

“For someone so young, he looks very calm under pressure,” Hartley said.

Despite chasing just 123 to win and clinch the series victory, England stuttered somewhat in the middle after Danni Wyatt and Sophia Dunkley’s 49-run opening partnership of 70.

After seeing Dunkley and his captain Amy Jones depart in quick succession, Capsey continued to attack the Indian bowlers with 10 balls to spare to lead England to victory.

Capsey broke into The Hundred in 2021 when he played a key role in the Invincibles’ victory at the Oval, and Hartley has credited England’s domestic professional set-up with instant success at international level.

“Playing in The Hundred means he’s already used to playing in front of those big crowds, so by the time he made his debut and got to the Commonwealth Games he was already in that position,” World Cup winner Hartley said.

“Domestic competitions are very important for young players to feel more at home at international level.”

It’s Capsey’s composure that stands out, with few signs of nerves as he makes bold reverse sweeps and powerful shots from the floor with such confidence.

“He looks in control every time he steps on the field,” Hartley said. “He’s so confident and so extroverted in the way he bats, when he’s actually so shy off the field!”

Capsey also received praise from former England captain and legendary batsman Charlotte Edwards.

“Being able to drive the side home is something I always look out for in a batsman and that will give him extra confidence,” Edwards said on Sky Sports. “It’s something Sophia Dunkley will look at and say ‘I should have done today,’ but I didn’t, and Capsey stood up.”

It has been a promising series for England’s youngsters, with Heather Knight, Nat Sciver and Katherine Brunt playing in the absence of experienced, world-class players.

Freya Kemp, 17, starred in England’s defeat in the second T20 with an unbeaten 51 off 36 balls.

“We’ve lost the experience of those senior players in some areas,” added Hartley. “But the way the teenagers have stepped up has been so impressive. There are very promising signs.”