Tom Abell - from Cricket World award contender to LV= Breakthrough Player award winner

Tom Abell first came to our attention thanks to Cricket World profiled club Taunton - one year later, he has won the 2015 LV= Breakthrough Player award following a stellar season with Somerset.

His run-scoring feats were a regular feature of the news pieces Taunton sent through to us, and he even made it into third place in a Performance Of The Week vote after outscoring league opponents on his own:

Tom Abell featured in an early Cricket World Performance Of The Week vote

Tom Abell featured in an early Cricket World Performance Of The Week vote

And although the above shows one public vote that he didn't win, the LV= Breakthrough Player award - voted for by cricket fans - was a different story.

Abell beat off strong competition from Surrey's Tom Curran and Yorkshire's Jack Leaning to win the award, which was held for the first time in 2012, when current England star Joe Root won.

Abell made his Somerset debut in late 2014 and this season has racked up more than 700 first-class runs, including his maiden first-class century against Hampshire.

Having made the step up from club cricket to county cricket, some are already tipping the 21-year-old opening batsman as a future England international, potentially as an opening partner for Alastair Cook.

"I think Tom has a really good chance of going all the way, it’s incredibly early days to be making a solid judgement on that, as the second season is often a tricky one for many players,” Mark Butcher, who played 71 Tests for England, said.

"How he copes with that will tell you a lot about his mental aptitude to first-class cricket, and if he continues to churn the runs out, and England continue to have difficulty finding a permanent opening partner for Alastair Cook, then he puts himself in a good position.

“It’s a boon for Tom to think three or four years ago Joe Root was a youngster in a similar position, impressed a few observers, won the LV= Breakthrough Player Award, and now look at him – he’s one of the very best players in the world and that would only encourage Tom.

"Observers will talk about his footwork, which looks pretty crisp, and technically he looks very sound. A lot of people have been very impressed with him, myself included, so it’s thoroughly well-deserved award."

Tom Abell (right) with the award, alongside Marcus Trescothick

Tom Abell (right) with the award, alongside Marcus Trescothick

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