Glamorgan seamer James Harris has headed out on the England Lions tour of West Indies determined to emulate England new boys Steven Finn and Chris Woakes.
While Finn has broken into the Test team and Woakes has made a name for himself in Australia in one-day cricket, Harris, despite taking 63 first-class wickets last season, has had to make do with only two England Lions appearances to date.
He played against the Australians in 2009 and the Bangladeshis last season, but this is his first Lions tour.
“Steve and Chris have stepped up and played some cricket for England and that is the pathway through, so I’m on the right track,” said Harris.
“You see a lot of the guys they are picking now have been through all this and gone on Lions tours like Steve and Chris. It’s a great chance to play some cricket before the start of the summer, to be hopefully in good form before I get back, and just to get back in the shop window.”
On the way to his haul of 63 victims in 2010, the 20-year-old Harris became the youngest Glamorgan player to take 100 first-class wickets.
“It’s a massive honour going on this tour,” he said. “This is a proper Lions tour and to go on that at the age of 20 is a satisfying thing, but I have still got a long way to go.
“I’d like to get that first senior cap. I don’t want to rush things too quickly. I suppose you can play too soon and I’m perfectly happy in saying I’m not the anywhere near the finished article yet.
“But I’m very confident I will be. It will take some time and a couple of years and a bit more work, but I’m very confident I can get there.”