Jamie Overton may have to wait a little longer for his senior international debut, but England coach David Saker said the Somerset fast bowler has what it takes to succeed at the top of the game.
Overton, the 19-year-old from Northam, is in the England squad for the NatWest Series against Australia but was not chosen in the team for today's one-day international at Old Trafford.
He also missed out against Ireland in Dublin on Tuesday. With the opening match against Australia washed out at Headingley on Friday, there are now only three opportunities for Overton to make his England bow this summer.
But Saker, the bowling coach, said England are taking a long-term view on Overton's involvement.
"He has a lot of characteristics that we want at this level and it is good to find out what he's about even if he doesn't play," said Saker. "He gets to know how we work and we get to know how he works, so it's a win-win for us."
Overton is already one of the quickest bowlers in county cricket, but Saker said England would be working to add even more pace.
"He is tall and is quite strong for a 19-year-old," said Saker.
"He looks like an aggressive sort of guy and that's a big trait for a fast bowler.
"At 19 he has got a lot of room for improvement so that by the time he is 23-24 he will be quicker and stronger.
"Just being exposed to our strength and conditioning programme would be helpful for him. And for getting more pace, that is one of the big areas you need to improve."
Overton has played 15 one-day internationals for the England under-19 team and represented England Lions against Bangladesh A last month.
After today's match at Old Trafford, the NatWest Series continues at Edgbaston on Wednesday, the Swalec Stadium, Cardiff, on Saturday and the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, a week tomorrow.