A third of the current crop of county cricketers come from a UK independent school background, according to research released to The Independent 08/07/13.
The research has been carried out by All Out Cricketmagazine for Chance to Shine. It shows that - of the 413 players currently engaged on the county circuit - a total of 119 (29 per cent) were privately educated. Only seven per cent of the nation's children are educated privately.
Of the 13 selected for the squad, five were educated in the private sector Alastair Cook, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad and Matt Prior.
The schools which have been most successful in producing the current crop of county players are all private schools: Millfield has nine, Bedford and Oakham six, Kings College, Taunton and Whitgift five, Brighton College and Shrewsbury three.
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