No more tears for Onions
Seamer full of praise for seam-bowling rivals for efforts on Ashes tour
Last Updated: 05/01/11 12:22pm
Onions: recovering well
Graham Onions has told Sky Sports News HD that he is on target with his return from a back injury - and is already aiming for an England recall.
"I'm excited about trying to fight for my place back"
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Durham seamer Onions has not played for either his county or country since he helped England secure a draw in the third Test against South Africa a year ago by batting out the final over of the contest.
A stress fracture ruled him out of the tour of Bangladesh that followed and he was then sidelined for all of the English summer. He had to undergo surgery in September, putting paid to his hopes of being part of the Ashes squad.
However a focused Onions is now working hard in the gym as he looks to make his comeback at the start of the domestic season.
"I feel good," he told Sky Sports News. "I'm running now, but I don't start bowling until the middle of February.
"As far as it (his recovery) goes, I'm on target for the start of the season. I won't know, though, until I start to bowl.
"But I'm thoroughly enjoying my training again. I'm actually enjoying going to the gym and I genuinely feel good within myself.
"I'm excited about trying to fight for my place back."
Onions has picked up 28 wickets in his eight Test appearances to date and played in three of the five matches in the last Ashes series in 2009.
The 28-year-old knows he faces a battle to regain his place in the Test XI, particularly after the impressive performances of Chris Tremlett and Tim Bresnan during the current tour of Australia.
With Ajmal Shahzad and Steven Finn waiting in the wings, and Stuart Broad set to return from injury himself, competition for bowling places will be fierce in 2011.
"I think for myself personally now, I've just got to prove that I'm fit," Onions said. "I've firstly got to get back in the Durham side - which is going to be hard enough with the attack that we've got.
"It is not down to poor form as to why I'm not playing now. But I've got to take that on the chin and work as hard as I can in the gym. Hopefully my back will hold up and I will get through some tough periods.
"They (Bresnan, Tremlett and Shahzad) deserve their opportunity. All the credit goes to those guys that have worked hard.
"The bowling attack has been the massive difference (between the two sides) in the series."