Luke Wright is hoping his century for the England Lions will put him in contention for a full Test call-up.
The Sussex all-rounder blasted 120 out of a first-innings total of 280 for the Lions - England's second string - on the first day of their tour match against New Zealand.
Wright, 23, has been a member of England's one-day squad for the last year but is yet to feature at international level in the longer format of the game.
Asked about his ambitions for Test cricket, he said: "It's something I have been trying to work hard on.
"The big thing for me this year was to try and score runs and try and prove I can bat in this form of the game as well.
"So far this season it's been going well but it's up to me to carry on that form and I do have to try and curb my attacking instincts sometimes.
"At times in the past I've tried to do it too soon and not given myself a chance, which I've had to do in one-day games as well.
"It's always nice to score runs and even better when the selectors are here as well."
Wright's aggressive innings, which included a six over midwicket to bring up three figures, prevented New Zealand taking a firmer grip on proceedings.
But having beaten Essex last week and with only a week to go before the opening npower Test at Lord's (May 15-19), the tourists are satisfied with their preparations.
"We've moving in the right direction as a group," said seamer Chris Martin, who finished with 3-58.
"The bowling is going quite nicely and there is plenty of competition for places at the moment and I suppose all we need know is a 400-plus innings from our batsman."