James Tomlinson has promised to razor his game for the new season, after announcing his one-day international retirement.
The Hampshire seamer, who is sporting a new beard for the new term, made light of Michael Carberry’s criticism of England’s management by ‘retiring’ from one-day internationals.
Tomlinson quipped: ‘I’ve made the tough decision to rule myself out of contention for one-day international cricket.
‘But I’d like to make it clear I am still available for Test matches.
‘It’s a transitional period for England but I just want to make it clear that I am only interested in the longer format so as not to confuse anyone or cloud the issue.’
The dependable left-arm seamer has looked after himself during the close season, even revealing he had used conditioner on his new facial hair, but is fit and ready to lead the attack again.
He said: ‘I tried to take it easy out in Barbados to make sure I didn’t pick up any injuries and I’m absolutely fine. I’m raring to go.
‘I’m looking forward to bowling with what is a stronger bowling attack.
‘If anything, my role is very clear.
‘I need to do the hard yards and bowl as well as I did last year.’
On his new beard, he said: ‘It’s just something I’ve always wanted to do.
‘I finally got my chance and will do my best with it.
‘I’m not going for the Moeen Ali look, I’m going for bushy rather than length.’