World Twenty20: Stephen Parry and Moeen Ali reflect on England call ups
Last Updated: 07/03/14 7:50am
Stephen Parry: England chance for Lancashire spinner
Lancashire spinner Stephen Parry was delighted after being selected in the England squad for the forthcoming tour of the West Indies and the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
The 28-year-old is regarded as a one-day specialist as he has played only six first-class matches for his county compared with 54 List A appearances and 56 Twenty20 games, but he has been given the chance to impress following the retirement of Graeme Swann.
Parry told Sky Sports News: "I'm ecstatic. It's obviously a real honour. Every county cricketer wants to represent their country and put that Three Lions on their chest and give it 110 per cent.
"I never gave up on selection. One of the big reasons - speaking to everyone in county cricket - whether you are 19, 28 or 33, if you are performing well the selectors will look at you and that's why you play county cricket to play for your country.
"With being around the England Lions and the England Performance Programme for the last few years you know you are there or thereabouts, but you just don't know how close you are and things can change really quickly for you.
"Obviously I didn't think that I would be going to the World Cup but obviously I am and it is amazing news for myself and I am really looking forward to getting stuck into it.
"I've worked hard on my cricket over the years and I must thank Lancashire for all the time and effort they have spent in developing me as a player."
Worcestershire all-rounder Moeen Ali has also been called into the senior squad for the first time having been a feature of England Lions and EPP squads in recent years.
He scored more than 2,000 runs in all formats for the Pears last season when he was the LV= County Championship's top scorer with 1,375 runs at 62.50, while he also bowls some canny off-spin.
Reflecting on the reasons for his call-up, he said: "I think maybe I've just matured a bit. I went back to basics, did the right things and thankfully I've been rewarded with the England Lions and now the England call-up.
"This is the best I've ever batted. I feel like I've grown up as a cricketer and I know my game much better now: I'm ready to play.
"Wherever I slot in I will be happy if selected and I can offer something with the ball and bat and in the field so I am happy to slot in wherever."