Former professional footballer Keith Barker has always had dreams of playing for England – but he probably imagined it being at Wembley, rather than Lords.
The 25-year-old all-rounder burst onto the County scene with Warwickshire in 2009 and has claimed 28 wickets and scored 558 runs in only 17 First-class matches.
Now he is hoping to stake a claim for a regular County Championship place and hopes to even progress enough to grab the attention of the England selectors.
“I want to establish myself into the four-day squad, I think I have already done that in one dayers, I now have to keep on top of that and keep pushing for the four day squad,” he said.
“Hopefully then I can go on and possibly get an opportunity in the England side.
“I would love 50 wickets this season, but first it is just about playing and doing well in each game and if the wickets come and I can come close to that then great, but if I don’t I will just look at how close I have come and see how I can get there next year.”
Barker, who’s godfather is former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, has the luxury of not only playing under a former England international in Ashley Giles, but also plays along two of the Country’s best batsmen.
“You do learn a lot playing and training with the likes of Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell,” he added. “Trott has his own ways and Bell is a great person to have around on and off the field, you can learn a lot just watching them.”