Despite being aged only 25, Kyle Jarvis has a heck of a lot of top level experience behind him.
It is probably over-egging it to suggest that the Harare-born fast bowler, who arrived at Emirates Old Trafford on a three-year contract as a non-overseas player in August 2013, has been there, done it and bought the t-shirt. But that description is not a million miles off the mark.
Jarvis is the owner of eight Test, 24 one-day international and nine Twenty20 international caps for Zimbabwe, which have brought him a total of 67 wickets, including 30 at 31.73 in Test matches. He retired from international cricket immediately before joining Lancashire.
He led the Zimbabwe attack well at the Under 19s World Cup in Malaysia in March 2008 before being handed a full one-day international debut against Kenya in October of the following year, aged 20. He finished with impressive figures of 3-36 from seven overs.
Jarvis had to wait just under two years for his Test debut against Bangladesh, also on his home ground at Harare, due to Zimbabwe’s exile from the Test arena.
But, again, he did not disappoint. He returned second-innings figures of 4-61 from 16.3 overs as the hosts won by 130 runs.
Jarvis went on to return two five-wicket hauls in Test match cricket, 5-64 against New Zealand at Bulawayo and 5-54 against West Indies at Barbados in March 2013.
A skillful out-swing bowler, Jarvis took eight wickets in his first Lancashire match when playing for the county’s second XI in a three-day match against Scotland A at Alderley Edge. He took 5-31 with the new ball in the first innings.
Jarvis has played domestic cricket in Zimbabwe for the Mashonaland Eagles and in New Zealand for Central Districts. He admitted that he had “always wanted to play county cricket” upon joining the Red Rose, and he got his chance in the final match of the season against Kent at Canterbury.
He took four wickets across the two innings of a pulsating defeat as Kent chased 418 on the final day, including 3-72 in the first innings.
Jarvis’s first-team appearances during 2014 were limited, with him only playing two Championship matches.
It was a frustrating start to the summer, through form and injury, but he recovered to show some encouraging signs in the latter stages of the campaign with the white ball in his hand.
He was a regular feature in the Royal London one-day Cup team and took an excellent 2-25 in a Twenty20 home win against Durham at the end of the group stage.
With Kyle Hogg retiring and Glen Chapple planning to scale back his playing commitments in 2015, Jarvis will hope to step up and prove his worth.
Graham Hardcastle (c) Lancashire County Cricket Club