After getting his foot in the door of the England ODI squad, Harry Gurney is now aiming to book himself a spot on the plane to Australia and New Zealand for the 2015 World Cup this winter.
The Nottinghamshire seamer is hoping to make a second trip down under in as many years, having travelled there before England’s 5-0 Ashes whitewash at the hands of Michael Clarke’s side.
Some net session bowling preceded a call-up to the first XI for England’s ODI series with Sri Lanka earlier this year. Some good performances with the ball have started off his international career solidly, form which needs to be maintained up until the tournament next February.
Offering something different with his left-arm release, there could well be a place in the England dressing room for Gurney for some time to come.
The 27-year-old has enjoyed a resurgent few years, following release from Leicestershire in September 2008. But he did enough to earn himself another contract with the Foxes, before making a switch to Notts in 2011.
His time at Trent Bridge has been fruitful, as he became Nottinghamshire’s leading wicket-taker in the County Championship last season. A haul of 44 wickets at an average of 30 turned attention in Gurney’s direction, and earned him a trip to Australia last winter.
And that pilgrimage could be repeated if he remains in the mind of Peter Moores over the next eight months.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Gurney said: "There’s the Sri Lanka and India tours and there are no guarantees I’ll be involved.
“I’ve got my work cut out with the likes of Stuart Broad around but if I continue to bowl as well as I can then who knows. If eventually I was part of that World Cup, it would be amazing."
As the fast bowler alludes to, he has more ODI series in which to impress before the prestigious tournament commences.
Working with England’s batsmen and preparing them to face against left-arm fast bowlers meant that he got his first insight into the international stage in 2013.
But he went one step further this summer when he finally won his maiden cap against Scotland, before impressing against Sri Lanka as well. His most successful outing came at Lord’s, where he recorded figures of 4/55 at the end of May.
Now he can to his seven caps in the limited overs matches with India after the upcoming Test series. Further impressive performances against a different international side could be the key to stamping his mark on the national team.
Gurney is optimistic and confident ahead of the arrival of Duncan Fletcher’s outfit: "Their style of cricket is similar to Sri Lanka. They are good players of spin, good bowlers of spin and have some destructive players down the order.
"There are similarities but you have to do your homework on the individual batters. Hopefully I will be selected and get my chance."
With England currently in a time of transition, there is no better time - with the World Cup just around the corner - for Gurney to continue impressing with the white ball, and earn himself a starting spot when the tournament gets underway.
Australia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Scotland await the Three Lions in the group stages.
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