A PUB landlord will win £50,000 if Josh Tongue makes his debut for England tomorrow.

Tim Piper, 56, put £100 on the Worcestershire bowler to play for the national team when he was just 11-years-old at 500/1 odds.

Now, 14 years later, Tongue has been named in the starting XI to take on Ireland at Lord’s.

Tim - a family friend who used to play cricket with Tongue's dad - says the debutant "has done so well" to make the team.

He said: "A couple of mates phoned me and said I should watch Sky Sports because he's playing.

"I always thought they announced it on the day but I saw that he was playing! It's wonderful.

"His dad phoned me up last night and Josh nearly retired 12 months ago because of injury.

"He was touch and go thinking of calling it a day and 12 months later here he is playing for England.

"Of course I'm not going to play down £50k but it's just such a wonderful story in itself.

"When he was younger he started to get better and better, batting with pace and getting better with bowling.

"I thought it'd be silly not to bet £100 on him at 500/1 and now 14 years later here we are - it's gone by so fast."

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Tim, who runs the Cricketers Arms pub in Redditch, first saw Tongue’s potential when he was just six, and tried to place a bet but was told no.

"I phoned up the bookies when he was six but they didn't take it seriously - I'm not sure why,” he added.

"He was already playing at Worcester County at the age of six.

"I used to go and see him in the garden playing with his dad when he just a year old and then when he was two or three he was playing in the nets and he knew how to bowl properly with leg-spin, top-spin and everything.

"But he got even better and by the time he was 11 I was able to place a bet on at 500/1 at Coral."

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The landlord said he’ll be watching the Test match in his pub on the days that he can't make it to Lord's.

And he has promised to take Tongue and his family out for a meal after the match.

He is planning to use some of his winnings on a trip to the Caribbean, as well as following the England squad on tour if Tongue remains in the team.