The award is currently restricted to players qualified to represent England, and under the age of 23 on 1 May. Andrew Symonds was qualified for England at the time of his award, but later chose to represent Australia at international level.
Only nine of the recipients of the award have not played Test cricket. This includes those currently playing and with the potential to be selected in the future. However, two of those nine, Paul Franks and Adil Rashid, have played One Day International cricket, and in Rashid's case Twenty20 internationals as well.