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Graham Onions determined to force his way into England side for Ashes series

Graham Onions: Keen to take on Australia at his home ground

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Graham Onions has set his sights on impressing the England selectors with an early-season flurry of wickets for Durham.

The injury-hit seamer, last season's leading wicket-taker in the County Championship Division One, toured India and New Zealand with England over the winter but failed to force his way into the side.

But he is determined to get off to a flying start to the new campaign as he attempts to win a call-up for this summer's Ashes series, particularly as his home ground of Chester-le-Street is hosting the fourth Test.

"For me personally, the first month of the county season is going to be a big one," he said. "I've played one Test here against West Indies, my second Test match, and that was fantastic.

"To put an England shirt on anywhere in the world is great, but to potentially have a chance - it's kind of in my hands - to play an Ashes Test on your home ground would be even better.


"It would be great to walk down the steps and take some wickets and beat the Aussies. That's the goal, but if you look too far ahead that can be quite dangerous. It's a little bit of a dream in the future.

"I've carried a lot of drinks over the last few months. I've been frustrated because I've been doing a lot of netting and haven't played a lot of cricket.

"You just have to try and prepare as well as you can and do everything that you can to perform to the best of your ability. I look towards Durham's games coming up as important ones for myself.

"I feel pretty confident; I'm raring to go; I feel fit and strong, and it's just a case of getting that ball in your hand in English conditions - we know it's going to be cold - and dealing with that."