Butcher backing Schofield
Mark Butcher says Chris Schofield has been the model professional since his return to cricket.
Last Updated: 03/09/07 3:47pm
Mark Butcher has given his full backing to Chris Schofield's fairytale return to the England ranks for the Twenty20 World Cup, but insists talk of a return to the full one-day side is premature.
Schofield ended a two-year exile from professional cricket when Surrey gave him a second chance, and he has responded by proving all his doubters wrong.
The 28-year-old has returned better than ever and his remarkable turnaround has seen him included in England's Twenty20 World Cup squad.
Schofield has been known as a temperamental character in the past, as he arrived at The Oval last year with something of a reputation thanks to his acrimonious split with Lancashire.
However, former England batsman and Surrey captain Butcher has seen no signs of this and says Schofield has been a model professional.
"He's a really good lad - he's been a top fellow ever since he has come along," said Butcher.
"We've not had a single problem with him at all, and he came with a reputation of being a bit difficult.
"I've not seen that at all."
Surrey benefited from Schofield's return in their recent County Championship match against Hampshire as he took eight wickets to earn them a vital victory.
Schofield played two Tests for England in 2000 and his miraculous return to the top has lead to talk of a return to the full England side for the one-day series in Sri Lanka after the Twenty20 World Cup.
Butcher believes that Schofield still has some work to do to force himself into the selectors thinking again.
"He's just been desperate to work hard - and that performance, eight in the match on a pitch which was difficult to prise people out on, is a magnificent effort for someone who was as good as written off 18 months ago," Butcher said.
"But I think in terms of a second spinner going to Sri Lanka, there might be a couple of guys who might be in front of him at the minute - and realistically, he probably needs to bed himself in at the Twenty20.
"We all know he's a livewire in the field, gets useful runs with the bat - so he's a three-in-one cricketer."