Dutch cricketer Alexei Kervezee has retired from the Netherlands side in a bid to get into the England team.
Batsman Alexei Kervezee has announced his retirement from the Netherlands setup as he tries to establish himself as an England international.
The Worcestershire cricketer has featured in 39 one-day internationals and 10 Twenty20s for his country, playing at both of their World Cup appearances in 2007 and 2011.
Kervezee has been at his county since 2008 and now thinks it is time for him to try and catch the England selectors’ eye and break onto the national scene for the Three Lions.
“It’s a decision I haven’t taken lightly and have thought long and hard about over the last few months but feel at this time in my career it is right for me in order to pursue my ultimate goal,” the 23-year-old was quoted on cricketworld.com.
Since making his debut for Netherlands in 2006 at the age of just 17, Kervezee has recorded an average of 28.00 in ODIs and a little over 32 in Twenty20s.
The young Dutchman is recognised as an outstanding fielder and really came into form as a batsman for Worcestershire in 2010 – scoring 1,190 County Championship runs after being promoted to the four-day side, after previously being thought of as a one-day player.
Kervezee continued the good form for his club into 2011, but last season the batsman was dogged by injury and didn’t really get going.
The South Africa-born player is looking to follow in the footsteps of other pioneers who have progressed to the England side from the Associate nations.
Gavin Hamilton played for Scotland before being picked for the Three Lions whilst Ed Joyce and Eoin Morgan were regular features for Ireland until their chance with England.