Daniel Bell-Drummond recently made headlines for scoring 127 against the touring Australians © Getty Images
Daniel Bell-Drummond recently made headlines for scoring 127 for Kent against the touring Australians © Getty Images

Daniel Bell-Drummond, who was called up to the England Lions squad, expressed his happiness at having finally made the cut, and stated that he was keen to show the England selectors just what he is capable of. The opening batsman had scored a fine 127 against the touring Australians recently, but it was his form for Kent during the Royal London One-Day trophy that firmly established him as one of the players to look out for. Bell-Drummond was called up for the England Performance Programme for a camp in November in Dubai, and for the England Lions squad that will take on Pakistan A. READ: Daniel Bell-Drummond steadies Kent against Australia

Speaking to kentonline.co.uk, Bell-Drummond said “It is a great honour to be called up.  This has been a goal of mine since I played for the under-19s to step up and progress. It has taken me longer than I’d have liked but I am pleased…I am pretty nervous but hopefully I can get stuck in and show the selectors what I’m about. I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself, I just want to do myself justice…I got stuck into First Class cricket last year and this year my white ball game has kicked on. I didn’t do as well as I’d have liked with the red ball this season but after the Australia game, I began to hear a few whispers about potential call-ups.”

Bell-Drummond signed off saying, “They couldn’t get through to my phone on Monday to tell me so it was actually (Kent coach) Jimmy Adams who told me…I played in Dubai last year for the MCC (during which he scored a half-century in Abu Dhabi) and enjoyed my time there. I am looking forward to it. I know a few of the lads but Sam Billings and Adam Riley did it last year (they went to Sri Lanka and South Africa with England PP and Lions) and it would be good to find out what to expect.”