Nottinghamshire’s second eleven continue their bustling early season, with a three day friendly against neighbouring Lincolnshire.
Luke Wood has been part of a bowling attack who have threatened in every match, but he has his sights set on Nottinghamshire’s first team.
“Every Second Eleven game is a chance to impress,” he said.
“My goal is to be in and around Notts’ white ball squad by the end of the summer, hopefully if people go away with England and they need a player, I’ll be able to take a step up to the first team.
“Taking a couple is standard affair, but you need those form games where that becomes five or six to keep pushing those players whose places I want to take.”
Wood has enjoyed an impressive winter, rewarded after a strong 2013 with Nottinghamshire’s academy. He was a member of the England Under 19 squad, for the U19 World Cup, and entered the English season looking to make a name for himself.
“My three day game has been good so far this season, so if I can keep that up I’ll be happy, especially after missing out last week, it’ll be good to get back into it and keep taking wickets.”
Wood missed out in the Second Eleven’s previous outing against the MCC Young Cricketers, with Andre Adams and Ajmal Shahzad coming into the side to regain match fitness.
“You can’t really argue when some of the senior professionals are drafted in to the seconds,” said Wood.
“But you have to keep practicing, keep pushing and be ready for the next opportunity to arise.”
Nottinghamshire squad to face Lincolnshire (from): Sam Kelsall, Hassan Azad, Gareth Curtis, Sam Wood, Adam Tillcock, Matt Cross, Paul Franks, Brett Hutton, Steve Seymour, Jake Ball, Gary Keedy, Luke Wood.
Live updates will appear through the match on twitter via @TrentBridge.