England bowler Graham Onions is targeting an Ashes call-up by playing well in the County Championship for Durham.
England seamer Graham Onions has set his sights on impressing the England selectors ahead of the first Ashes series of 2013, starting in July.
Onions is hoping that if he can build on last year’s County Championship form, when the bowler was named the leading wicket-taker, then he can force his way into the England setup.
“For me personally, the first month of the county season is going to be a big one,” Onions was quoted on Sky Sports.
“It would be great to walk down the steps and take some wickets and beat the Aussies. That’s the goal.”
The 30-year-old traveled with England for their tours of India and New Zealand during the winter, but failed to make his way into the starting XI on either occasion.
Since his debut against the West Indies in 2009, Onions has taken 32 wickets in his nine Tests as an England player. In that match the seamer took figures of 5-38, including an incredible spell of four wickets in seven balls.
Some of the bowler’s greatest England moments have actually come with the bat, as twice Onions salvaged draws for his side on the brink of defeat against South Africa, batting out the day from No.10.
Onions’ last Test appearance was in June 2012 when the Three Lions hosted the West Indies at Edgbaston.
Getting into the Ashes side would be extra special for the Durham bowler as the fourth Test of the five match series is to be held at his home ground of Chester-le-Street.