GRAHAM Onions admits he is still “desperate” to play for England, although he admits to feeling a “long way off” national team recognition.
Another four wickets in Durham’s entertaining defeat of Lancashire furthered his claims on a day when England toiled in Hampshire.
But there is an element of frustration for Onions, who would love to play for his country in the Ashes at the Emirates ICG this summer. He feels “overlooked” by national selectors.
“Of course I think about it, I’m desperate to play for England. I think if I’m being honest, the call obviously hasn’t come and I’m not sure how far I am down the order.
“You’d have to speak to some of the guys at England about that but I’m desperate to play and I want to play well for Durham and I’ll do as well as I possibly can. If that call did come it would be fantastic.
“I’m reasonably experienced now, they know what I can do and they know a bit about me.
“But then I can still improve, I can still get better and the more one day games I play the more chances I have of improving my game and potentially getting back into that one-day side. It seems like a long way off, if I’m being honest. I don’t get talked about, I don’t get mentioned. That’s just the way it goes.
England conceded the one-day series against New Zealand and struggled with the ball. Onions admits to keeping one eye on the game.
“I did see a little bit of it. It looked a good wicket to bat on. Saying that, 360 is a hell of a lot of runs,” he said.
“I would love to play one day cricket again for England, I’d love to be in the Test squad. But obviously I’ve not been involved and that’s fine.
“I said all along that there’s some quality performers out there. It would certainly be nice to keep on going well for Durham and producing the goods.
“You never know what might happen.”