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“I am convinced that eventually I will get into that side”
England pace bowler Graham Onions continued to be overlooked during the recent Ashes series and may carry on sitting on the bench when the national team head to the Land Down Under for the second leg of the historic series, despite finishing atop the wicket-takers list in the recent county season.
Onions finished with 73 wickets at an outstanding average of 18.93 in the past county season, but the sad thing is that this lethal pace bowler’s international career may be done and dusted at the age of 31.
“I’ve still got a dream,” Onions said. “I’m 31 now and I still have huge aspirations to play one more Test.
“I’m not going to lie. I’m not going to 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 said I just want one more game. That happened and of course you want to be greedy, you want to play one more. But I am convinced that if I do get an opportunity, if I do get into that side then I’ve got a chance of staying in there. It will be up to me to stay in there.
“I know that if I perform well in county cricket I’ve always got a chance of playing for England. If I’m being completely honest I want to play for England.”
While the national selectors seem to be convinced Onions doesn’t have what it takes, the deadly pace bowler continues to enjoy representing Durham, who emerged triumphant in this year’s Division One county season.
“County cricket is good for me,” Onions said. “I enjoy it. I enjoy getting into rhythm. I enjoy bowling lots of overs. The most important thing for me is I enjoy playing for this club.
“I didn’t know the Ashes squad was getting picked, but of course I will be on tenterhooks. It would be fantastic. I want to play for England in Australia definitely.
“That’s what keeps driving me to get out of bed in the morning, for days like these and to play for England. I still feel as though I’ve got a part to play, I still feel I could force my way into that 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. It’s just a case of keeping on working as hard as I possibly can and getting better each season. I am convinced that eventually I will get into that side.”