A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: I deserve to be in the England Test squad, says Graham Onions

Onions feels that he is ready to make his international return

Durham pace bowler Graham Onions has declared that he deserves to be part of the England Test squad for his outstanding bowling and not as a replacement for any player who happens to get injured.

During the past county season, Onions was the best pace bowler by far and he is desperate to get his international career back on track after suffering a devastating back injury in 2010.

However, Onions will have to get past pace rival Tim Bresnan if he is to secure a spot on the national team roster.

The Daily Mirror quoted Onions as saying: “I just need to push my claim as far as I can. England have certainly got a lot of quality in the seam department. It’s up to me to keep pushing, keep improving and when I get the opportunity to play to cement my place in the side, I’d like to think what I’ve done in county cricket that I’ve deserved to be on this tour. So if I do play in the first Test I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s because of injuries.”

Onions also noted that he was feeling better than ever and believes he has a strong chance of playing at least one Test during the India series.

“From 2009, when it looked, potentially, as if I might not play any more, I wanted to play one more Test and would have walked away a happy man. But of course when you get fit and strong again you want to play as much as you can, I’m here on an England tour to a great country to play against some of the best players in the world and that’s exciting and I want to play,” Onions added.

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