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Gurney soaks up England dream

Harry Gurney is enjoying a dream life with England

Harry Gurney is loving life as an England international.

The 27-year-old has described representing his country as a “dream job” since he was handed his debut in the Royal London one-day international victory over Scotland in Aberdeen.

And after also playing in the opening two games of Sri Lanka’s tour, including taking 2-20 in Thursday’s 81-run win at the Kia Oval, he has been left pinching himself.

“It's been a whirlwind few days,” he told ecb.co.uk.

"I'm really excited, really proud and wanting it to continue as long as possible.

"I think I said it would be the best day of my life (before making his debut) and it was and since then I've had two more best days of my life.

"It's been a great few days.

“It's a dream job. Who wouldn't love it?”

Gurney has proved he belongs at the top level, with a bag of tricks learned during his time in county ranks.

"I'm 27 now, I've been around the county circuit for a little while,” he said.

"I've acquired these skills over the years to stop batters hitting me out of the ground and so far they've stood me in good stead. Hopefully that continues.”

The left-armer is in line to play in Sunday’s second ODI at the Emirates Durham ICG and admitted the mood inside the dressing-room was buoyant after victory in the series opener.

"(It is) very positive. Everyone chipped in,” he said.

“Belly scoring runs, Gary Ballance scored runs and Rooty showed some real impetus and ran between the wickets brilliantly and then obviously the boys at the end belting it and getting us up to a really competitive total.

“All the bowlers again chipping in with a couple of wickets each and managing to restrict them in the second half - those wins where everyone contributes are probably the more satisfying.”

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