General News | 18th January 2007

Jefferson aims high for tour

The giant opener, who moved to Trent Bridge from Essex at the end of last season, will be part of a 14-man squad playing in a trio of three-day games and three more one-day fixtures.

Jefferson believes his call-up was the result of his hard work in part-time visits to the National Academy at Loughborough before Christmas, along with a 10-day batting camp in Mumbai.

Now hes hoping to build on that with some big scores in Bangladesh and said: Its a real bonus for me to be involved in England A and now I need to make a statement to the selectors by scoring heavily.

I got a real boost before Christmas when the Academy director Peter Moores invited me to take part in his national skill-sets sessions, and someone must have seen something they liked because I then went on to Mumbai before getting this call-up.

As an opener Im in a good position to put runs on the board but I know that I have to do that within the team ideal, which is something the England hierarchy are very keen on.

My only slight disappointment is that Im missing out on the chance to train with my new team-mates at Trent Bridge, but this is still excellent preparation for the summer.

Its an unlikely promotion for the right-hander, who missed the opening part of the 2006 season with a wrist injury and ended up only playing six matches for Essex.

But having made a full recovery from the injury, the 27-year-old is raring to get into action in England colours.

He added: I feel like Ive taken my opportunities very well since last summer and I hope that can continue.

Of course there will be difficult times to combat too but I believe Im ready for those and good or bad, will come back from the tour a better cricketer.

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