Liam Dawson eyes another Ageas Bowl first with England
Liam Dawson is hoping to transfer his Hampshire form to the world stage as he prepares to make his one-day international bow.
The all-rounder is part of the 15-man England squad which will begin a five-match series against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl tomorrow (2pm).
Having made his international twenty20 debut at his home ground earlier this summer, Dawson is hopeful he will get the nod for his maiden 50-over cap.
England may decide to settle for Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid as their slow-bowling options.
However, skipper Eoin Morgan has hinted Dawson is being considered as a third spinner.
And the left-armer, who scored 658 runs and took 27 wickets in Hampshire’s limited overs campaign this term, is raring to go.
The 26-year-old said: ‘White ball cricket has gone really well for me, as it has for a couple of years.
‘Hopefully that continues with England in the next five one-dayers, if I play.
‘It is just good to be in the squad.
‘But I have shown what I can do there in the last t20 and if I get my opportunity I can do well again.’
Hampshire’s director of cricket Giles White told Dawons he had caught the selectors’ eyes this summer.
But while Dawson could soon be celebrating his debut, James Vince is back in the county ranks having been left out of the squad.
The Hampshire skipper made his Test debut this summer but found runs hard to come by against Sri Lanka and, more recently, Pakistan.
He scored 212 runs in 11 innings before rejoining his county for the visit to Somerset in the County Championship this week.
Dawson said: ‘Giles White said to me a few weeks ago I was in contention and I finished the 50-over campaign really strongly.
‘It was very pleasing to get the call, I didn’t fully expect to be in it.
‘It was talked about but to be in the 15 is brilliant.’
‘It is disappointing with Vincey, he has had a tough few weeks.
‘But he can now come back to Hampshire and help us stay in division one.
‘He will be driven to do well to get into the England squad for the winter tours.
‘There are four huge four-day games and I will be keeping an eye out when we are playing.
‘But it is a great opportunity to make my debut in ODI cricket and it will be amazing if I did – let’s see what happens.’