The year 2011 was eventful by all standards and as fortunes fluctuated for teams, their reliance on fresh talent gathered prevalence. Here's a look at the top ten talents to look out for in the year 2012.
With wrists and forearms like Doug Bracewell, you can send the jitters down any batting lineup in the world. He showed a glimpse of what he is capable of against Australia by getting a five-for which sent the Kiwis to a series-levelling victory, giving New Zealand a hope to finally find a bowler who is here to stay.
It is hard to find an entry into the South African pace lineup, especially with Morkel and Steyn around. For Vernon Philander though, it was more than just luck that took him past the hurdle. Bowling to the likes of Sri Lanka and Australia, Philander has picked up 24 wickets in his first 3 Test matches including four 5-wicket hauls.
In India, bowling tracks are considered to be a nightmare for fast bowlers and any purchase from the turf can only be a result of a bowler's toil. Umesh Yadav, a bowler who bends his back to generate enough pace to make a hint of swing count, earned a spot in the Indian lineup for Australia entirely on merit.
Australia have been a team that is known to pick the ripened yield of their domestic system but as time washed away their usual contendors, a new yield of young guns got a chance to step in. Pat Cummins, the 18-year old fast bowler took figures of 6/78 on his Test debut and became an instant hit in Australia.
The guava doesn't fall too far from the tree; the quote fits perfectly for Jonny Bairstow, who plays as a wicket-keeper batsman. His father David Bairstow, was an English international who played in the same position himself.
The 22-year old right hander came in to the England side with over 2800 runs in 46 first class matches and big things are expected of him.
Aizaz Cheema is one of the few fast bowlers to have broken through into international cricket beyond the age of 30. With the right-armer picking up 19 wickets in his first 4 Test matches, Pakistan have enough reason to snub the overenthusiasm of youth that has prevailed in world cricket.
Australia are in their rebuilding stage and their worst fear is that of the subcontinent. While they have a pool of fast bowlers, good spinners have been few and far in between. Nathan Lyon may just be Australia's answer to get their combination right.
James Pattinson's inclusion in the Australian lineup may be more about the consequence of their lack of options but the right-armer proved that he is taking nothing for granted as he wrapped up a disciplined performance against India.
Marchant de Lange
South Africa can't just stop producing quality pace bowlers. Marchant de Lange's debut got him 7 wickets in the very first innings. South Africa lost the match but the 21-year od left enough promise for the Proteas to look for a bright future in him.
Few cricketers manage to get their bowling average below their batting. With some shocking knocks at the bottom of the order, Andre Russell has proved to be more than useful for the West Indies.
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