Harry Gurney is determined to make the most of his chance after being named in the England squad for the forthcoming tour of the West Indies.
The 27-year-old left-arm paceman has received his first international call up after taking 100 first-class wickets for Nottinghamshire as well as 40 List A wickets and 52 Twenty20 wickets.
Gurney, who has been out in Australia this winter, does not feature in the squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh but he hopes to make an impression out in the Caribbean in case any late injury replacements are required.
He told Sky Sports News: "I got a call this morning and obviously it was one of the better calls I have ever received.
"It's been a difficult winter but it's exciting about a new era and hopefully I can be part of that.
"I offer a different angle of attack, a little bit of variation. You never wish an injury on anyone but, God forbid, if someone did pick up a niggle before the World Cup and I was the man that they decided they wanted to go instead then that would be absolutely fantastic.
"I will be trying everything I can in the nets over in the West Indies to try and impress the selectors and firstly try and force my way in for a game or two over there and then should there, God forbid, be an injury, be the next man in as well."
Gurney will be part of a four-strong Notts contingent for the three ODIs and three Twenty20 matches against the West Indies, along with captain Stuart Broad and opening batsmen Alex Hales and Michael Lumb.
He added: "There is a good representation from Nottinghamshire in that squad for the West Indies which is great for the club and from a personal perspective I am obviously over the moon to be included.
"For anyone when they get their first call up for England it is going to be a fairly daunting prospect, I guess, that first couple of days, but for me to have a few friendly faces in there will certainly help. So I am quite lucky in that regard."