Trego's tilt at the top
Peter Trego has achieved the first part of his England Lions mission - impressing his team-mates - and has now set his sights on making the step up to the senior team.
The all-rounder showed few sign of nerves on his Lions debut in Sharjah yesterday, hitting a rapid 25 off 10 balls, including three sixes, before claiming 2-14 off four overs.
His contribution with bat and ball was not only central to a 52-run win over the United Arab Emirates A side in the 20-over clash, but also to his state of mind - a vital factor for a player for whom confidence breeds success.
“With the role I like to fulfil in one-day cricket being quite an explosive batsman, sometimes you can go out there batting with your ego,” Trego told ECBtv.
“It was nice to shrug off that, ‘I want to impress my captain, my peers’; it was nice to stamp my authority on a game.
“The rest of the guys have been around a long time, and probably hadn’t seen very much of me. Now I’ve put in my performance, the guys know what I can offer.
“To perform for the rest of the guys was really important for me, so I can now kick on for the rest of the trip.”
There is little doubt that Trego has kicked on in domestic cricket in recent seasons, an upturn in form that coincided with his return to Somerset - his hometown club and his first county - in 2006 and the arrival of Justin Langer as overseas player.
The Australian’s impact was considerable, for he gave Trego the belief to turn his undoubted talent into match-winning performances.
“JL was a massive inspiration to me, from a playing point of view and getting emails from him saying I could be the X-factor in the Somerset team,” added Trego.
“That’s just a massive boost for a guy like me, who needs an element of ‘carefreeness’ to get the best out of my cricket.
“His mentality is you can have all the potential in the world, but if you’re not seeing things through you’re useless to everyone.
“He drove that home to me and hopefully I will reward myself, the club - and him, in a lot of ways - with a step up from the Lions in the future.”
A successful tour of the UAE, which sees the Lions take on Pakistan A in three Twenty20 encounters before facing England in a 20-over tour match, is the immediate ambition for Trego.
But he has allowed his sights to drift towards the World Cup next year, by which time he hopes to have forced his way into the England one-day side.
He said: “Every time I get an opportunity I want to be a positive - whether it is batting, bowling or fielding.
“You look at the 12 months of cricket England have got - a lot of sub-continent cricket, the World Cup - and I think I’m really suited to playing out here, especially bowling those middle overs and the variations I’ve got.
“Hopefully I can be seen as an asset in the full side, so winning this series and putting my name up there in contention for the full squad is what it’s all about for me.”