Run machine won’t give up on England

DARYL MITCHELL: In excellent form for Worcestershire.

DARYL MITCHELL: In excellent form for Worcestershire.

First published in Sport

WORCESTERSHIRE skipper Daryl Mitchell admits it would be “a dream come true” to play for England.

The County’s director of cricket Steve Rhodes believes Mitchell deserves to at least be considered by the selectors after scoring more than 1,200 first-class runs this summer.

But Mitchell, who was also Worcestershire’s leading scorer in the NatWest T20 Blast, accepts that all he can do is keep scoring as many runs as possible.

The Badsey-born 30-year-old said: “It is all about getting as many runs as I can and hopefully someone takes notice of it.

“It would be a dream come true to play for my country. It is what any county cricketer should be trying to do.

“I’ll just keep going out there to try and get as many runs as I can every time I am at the wicket. Hopefully, someone takes notice and gives me a shot.”

Mitchell has scored five centuries in the LV= County Championship this season for the Division Two leaders.

Meanwhile, Saeed Ajmal has reiterated his desire to return to play for Worcestershire for a third spell next season, international commitments permitting.

Saeed, 36, took 63 wickets in nine championship matches this season but has since joined up with Pakistan for their tour of Sri Lanka.

The spin star said: “I’m happy to come to play for Worcestershire. Let’s see the schedule, it is busy, and I will need to take a rest as well.

“There is a tour of Zimbabwe in June and before that the IPL window is open for no-one playing international cricket so, fingers crossed, I can come and play for Worcestershire.”

County wicketkeeper Joe Clarke made another important contribution for England under 19s in the first Test with South Africa at Fenners, which ended in a draw.

Making his youth Test debut, Clarke picked up four catches in South Africa’s first-innings total of 433.

He followed that up by making 59 off 91 balls, including one six and nine fours, in England’s first-innings reply of 352-9 declared.

Worcestershire colleague Ed Barnard was dismissed for six.

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