New goal for Onions

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Graham Onions once had to make a pact with himself that he would retire happy if he could just win one more Test cap.

That, of course, was while he was battling with the career-threatening back injury that kept him out of international cricket for two and a half years.

The 30-year-old has admitted more than once, since forcing his way back, that he feared not only for his Test future but as a professional player at any level.

As the Durham seamer considers the possibility of a place in next week's first Test against India in Ahmedabad, he acknowledges that, having returned to full fitness, his ambitions are no longer limited to one last hurrah with England.

"I've played nine Tests and from 2009, when it looked potentially as if I might not play any more, I wanted to play one more Test and would have walked away a happy man," he said.

"But when you get fit and strong again, you want to play as much as you can."

Graham Onions

Graham Onions is eager to gain further Test action with England. "You want to play as much as you can," reasoned the Durham paceman

Onions featured in England's previous fixture against Mumbai A and, with Stuart Broad and Steven Finn absent, has once again been selected for this week's final warm-up game.

He reasons that a decent performance against Haryana - a match in which Surrey seamer Stuart Meaker, who arrived on tour only yesterday as cover for Finn, is also involved in - could pave the way for Test action.

"I think, being realistic, that the guys that play here might have an opportunity to play in the first Test," Onions added.

"I'd love to take a few wickets and see what happens.

"Of course, I'd love to finish my career playing 50 to 60 Tests - but that might not happen.

"You've just got to be proud of what you've done so far and keep working hard to try to force your way into the side.

"I feel ready. I feel fit and strong, as all the guys in the squad do, and I'm ready for what is going to be an exciting and tough tour.

"I'm very privileged that I've been given an opportunity to play for England. I'm here on an England tour to a great country to play against some of the best players in the world and that's exciting."

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