When i first saw 6ft 3 Matt Coles bustling in against the Indians at Canterbury, you could clearly see that this guy had talent. Even though he only bowled 4 overs in that match (due to heavy rain reducing the match to 20 overs per side), it was great to see a young bowler getting the ball to zip through at a decent pace. He didn't have the best of nights and got carted at the end by the magnificent Virat Kohli but i saw enough in him to believe that he is a future England star.
Before this match, Coles had played for Kent for a few years but could never establish himself into the side but regularly got chances due to the lack of resources at Kent's disposal. Kent put too much pressure on the Maidstone seamer and almost expected him to lead the attack. This led to him being overbowled and caused him to sit out a large section of the 2011 season due to injuries such as a jarred knee and a stress fracture in his left foot.
Back to the bowling friendly pitches in England, Coles couldn't have wished for a better start with bat and ball. He has always been known as a useful slogger down the order but was way too inconsistent to be considered a threat. However in the first match of the season, up at Headingley, Coles smashed his maiden first class hundred at just under a run a ball, batting at number 9. As i said earlier, he's never been short of confidence and he proved that with an audacious reverse sweep over point for six off leg spinner Adil Rashid to bring up his ton. Coming off the back of that 103*, the paceman then took 3/32 and 6/51 against Northants, beating the batsman with his pace and swing.
If does go on to represent his country then it will probably be in the ODI side first, partly due to the fact that his big hitting, wicket taking and good death bowling makes for a deadly combination and also, England are more willing to try out youngsters in this form of the game. An excellent Friend's Life t20 could see him on the plane to Sri Lanka but whatever happens this summer, Matt Coles has a bright future ahead of him, whether it is for his county or country.