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“As long as my performances on the county circuit are good then I’m a believer they can’t keep ignoring me”
We’ve heard it from pundits and former players time and time again, why don’t England select pace bowler Graham Onions for their tours?
Well the man himself has made a desperate plea to the national selectors to pick him for England’s upcoming home series against Sri Lanka since he believes that he is “good enough to play for England”.
Onions definitely has the evidence to prove his worthiness. Who can forget the 70 wickets he took during last year’s county season at an incredible average of 18.45?
Onions was disappointed that he did not get picked for the recent Ashes series and was even more frustrated at the fact that the national selectors were choosing bowlers based on their height instead of their form.
“The bottom line is they wanted guys (in Australia) that are taller and, unfortunately, there is nothing I can do about that – I can’t grow,” he said. “If England wanted me in Australia, they would have taken me and it was a massive disappointment for me that they didn’t.
“My performances over the last four years have been of a high enough standard to get picked by England. But the captain and coach pick the team, I have to respect that and move on.
“It’s taken a while to move on. The reason why I was so disappointed is because I want to play for England so badly.
“I’m still a strong believer that you train, put in performances and play as well as you possibly can to progress your game and play for England.
“I’ll do that again this year and, fingers crossed, I’ll be in for that first Test match against Sri Lanka (in May). If not, then I’ll keep on improving and be out there for Durham trying my hardest to win the championship again.
“I believe that I’m good enough to play for England. As long as my performances on the county circuit are good then I’m a believer they can’t keep ignoring me.”