Harry Gurney is the only left-arm seamer in the England ODI side in Sri Lanka © Getty Images
Harry Gurney is the only left-arm seamer in the England ODI side in Sri Lanka © Getty Images

Nov 19, 2014

Harry Gurney, the England fast bowler, is looking forward to the tour to Sri Lanka to book his spot in the team ahead of the ICC World Cup 2015. England are in Sri Lanka to play a seven-match One-Day International (ODI) series, which begins on November 26. England then head to Australia for a tri-series, which will take place before the big event. READ: England have a chance to assess its quality in Sri Lanka

Speaking to England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) website, Gurney said, “From a personal perspective my aim here is to try and cement that spot and get on that plane to Australia. I think, as you say, it’s different conditions (in Sri Lanka). From a team perspective we’re just focussed on coming over here and doing the best we can in this particular series because that’s all we can control at the moment. Whatever happens after that we worry about when it arrives.”

Gurney is looking forward to booking his spot for the World Cup. He said, “I’m very confident. I think I’ve got a lot to offer. I’m the only left-armer involved in this squad. It’s been coming out quite well in the nets. As I say, going into those games hopefully I can offer something a little bit different and when the selectors sit down to pick that squad hopefully I get my place.”

The ODI series in Sri Lanka would be a huge opportunity for the Nottinghamshire fast bowler to make an impression. The senior pros, James Anderson and Stuart Broad, are not playing this series and that would allow the likes of Gurney a longer run in the side.

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