Bell-Drummond ready to break records
Daniel Bell-Drummond is relishing the opportunity to reach an England Under-19 milestone during next month's quadrangular series in Australia.
In the tournament Down Under, which also includes the hosts, New Zealand and India, the Kent opening batsman requires just 20 more runs to pass Essex’s Billy Godleman as England U19s record run-scorer.
Bell-Drummond has welcomed the opportunity to rewrite history, having compiled 691 runs at this level.
“After all the players that have played in the Under-19 team and are now playing in the senior team, it’s a real honour,” he told ecb.co.uk.
“I dream about it and hopefully I can play alongside them in the future.
“The first thing is the team and hopefully we can do well, but it’s always nice to have personal milestones and hopefully I can go past Godleman and go to number one.”
With August’s World Cup also in Australia, this series gives England the chance to familiarise themselves with the conditions they are likely to encounter.
The young Lions also come up against Australia in the showpiece’s opening match, so Bell-Drummond is adamant the quadrangular series will act as perfect preperation.
“I’m really looking forward to it, it’s my first time of going to Australia,” he said. “It should be a good challenge, especially playing against India and New Zealand as well.
“All Under-19 opposition are tough and these guys are exceptional, hopefully we can win the tournament and show what we are really about.
“It’s brilliant preparation because it’s the same venues and it should be a great dress rehearsal for the World Cup.
“I would love to win out there, especially against the Aussies as we have got them in our group stage, and prove a point.
"It’s highly important to set the tone and when we play each other in August, we have got the edge. At the same time, we have got to get used to the conditions and become accustomed to what we are going to face."
Despite England slipping to a 5-2 defeat in their last one-day assignment in Bangladesh, Bell-Drummond, who top-scored with 331 runs, believes the tour will stand England in good stead for the coming months.
“Bangladesh is a tough country because we are not used to things that go on out there in terms of their general way of life,” he said. “
“But it was a great experience for us. The result saw us get two wins which shows we can win out there and have belief in our ability, but we weren't consistent enough and were beaten by a better team.
“But the team is so much better for going out there and hopefully that can take us forward to the World Cup."
When asked about how he succeeded in the sub-continent, he replied: “I accepted it was different, got used to their spinners and worked out the plans I had to play each spinner.
"I didn't try to play like I do in England and accepted the conditions required me to play differently.
“It was hard work, but I pulled through in the end and my results showed that. I was happy with my personal performance.
“I like pace on the ball so hopefully I will do well out there (in Australia). Hopefully I can get some runs for the team and we can get some victories under out belt.”