Howell confirms he is looking for move from Hampshire

Hampshire all-rounder Benny Howell is looking for another county after becoming frustrated by his lack of opportunities in the LV County Championship last season.

The 23-year-old has had more opportunities in the limited-overs formats since making his senior debut last year and hit his maiden Hampshire century in a Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Surrey in May.

But he has only had one first-class appearance for the county, making 71 on debut against champions Lancashire earlier this year.

Howell said: “I’m looking for a new county and I’ve already told my coaches at Hampshire that I want to leave to play more four-day cricket.

“It’s no secret that I want to play more four-day cricket. My ambition is to play for England and I know the only way to do that is to grab my opportunities.

“I’ve only been playing two forms of the game for Hampshire, apart from the one four-day game I played last summer when I did quite well.

“I want to get picked for the England Performance Programme squads so I can be in the selectors’ thinking when it comes to international cricket in the future.”

Howell is spending the winter playing club cricket in Melbourne, where his parents live, and added: “I’ve made good progress with both bat and ball and have been through a lot in the past four or five years, but now I need more experience in four-day cricket.”

Hampshire manager Giles White, meanwhile, would only confirm: “Benny’s looking at other options.”

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