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In front of him, the triumphant bowler punches the air with a wild and terrifying violence: once, twice, three times, like a man who has just made a human sacrifice. Alas, the stage was not the Gabbatoir or the G, but the rather more prosaic setting of Hove, and a T20 Blast game between Sussex and Gloucestershire some months earlier.
Garton is an exceptional white-ball prospect as well, with a well-disguised array of bouncers and slower balls, and working with Jason Gillespie, his new coach at Sussex, will help him crystallise his game and hone his skills.Garton pays particular credit to Kevin Shine, the ECB’s bowling coach at Loughborough, and the regard is mutual.Under Shine’s tutelage, he has been fast-tracked through the international ranks: a double-wicket maiden in his first over at under-19 World Cup in 2016, a fiery spell to Dean Elgar for the Lions at Worcester last summer (“really dangerous” is how development coach Andy Flower describes him), and most recently that senior call-up in Townsville, where he quietly impressed with his enthusiasm and aggression.I’d love to go out there and show people what I’ve got.Confidence isn’t too much of an issue.” Before that happens, of course, there are a few obstacles to get round.
The second was his mother’s decision to take him to gymnastics club at the weekends, which has contributed to his slingy, elastic technique.