Durham seamer Graham Onions is hoping for a winter Ashes call-up to add to the euphoria of winning the LV= County Championship title.
Onions has taken 66 wickets at an average of 17.68 to help his side wrap up the domestic title with a game to spare.
And he will be eagerly anticipating today’s announcement of England’s tour party for the second of the back-to-back Ashes series.
“That would be a dream, it would be fantastic,” he said after the Championship was clinched with victory over Nottinghamshire.
“You play for days like these, and to play for England. I know that if I perform well in county cricket then I’ve always got a chance of playing for England.
“I still feel I’ve got a part to play and could potentially force my way into the England side. But it’s not easy, as we know from the last few years I’ve not played a great deal of cricket for England.”
Onions recovered from a long-term back injury to win his ninth Test cap in last June’s clash against the West Indies at Edgbaston.
He was around the squad for much of this summer’s action against Australia and New Zealand but failed to break into the XI, even when he was widely tipped to do so at his home ground of Chester-le-Street.
He remains hopeful, though, and said: “I’ve still got a dream. I know I’m 31 now but I’ve still got huge aspirations to play one more Test.
“I’m not going to lie and say I’m going to play another 50 Tests, but I want to play that one more game.
“I remember when I had my back injury, I just said ‘I want one more game’.
“I’ve had that one, but of course you want to be greedy and play one more.
“I’m convinced that if I do get into that side then I’ve got a chance of staying in there, it’s up to myself to stay in there.
“County cricket is good for me, I enjoy getting into rhythm and bowling lots of overs, but the most important thing for me is I enjoy playing in this (Durham) team.”