England squad batsman Phil Salt has paid tribute to his early coaching in north Wales for helping him develop to the international stage.
Salt played for North East Wales Under-11s before moving to the West Indies and completing his education in Surrey.
He could become the first Welshman to play for England since Simon Jones in 2005.
Sussex opener Salt, 23, has been training with England and could feature in the summer’s limited-overs matches.
He believes the attitude of his early club and regional coaches was vital in his progress.
“St Asaph is where I started playing cricket, I loved it there. It’s just a good community club, my brother got me down there,” Salt said.
“I was coached by Gareth Ryan – some clubs are lucky to have a guy like that who’s been round for years, played for the first team and is coaching every…