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Varun Chopra hopes to catch the eye during this winter's England Performance Programme

Warwickshire opener Varun Chopra is refusing to rest on his laurels after a hugely successful season in 2012.

Chopra had three reasons to celebrate when he spoke exclusively to ecb.co.uk at Loughborough’s National Cricket Performance Centre.

In addition to winning the LV= County Championship title last month, the 25-year-old was one of only four batsmen - together with Nick Compton, Chris Rogers and Ashwell Prince - to pass 1,000 runs in Division One and subsequently gained selection to the England Performance Programme squad.

Varun Chopra

Varun Chopra admits to being happy with his recent progress, but told ecb.co.uk: "There's still a long way to go in what I want to achieve."

Yet Chopra has been quick to refocus his attention on the future, and the possibility of a maiden call-up to England’s senior side.

“There’s still a long way to go in what I want to achieve,” he explained.

“I’m delighted with how things have gone. I think my game is going the right way, but there is still some hard work to do.”

The former Essex batsman takes understandable pleasure from reaching the 1,000-run mark during a summer in which the weather made prolific scoring more difficult than usual.

“I think only four people got it (1,000 runs) this year, so I’m pleased to be one of them,” he added.

“I think what every young batsmen tries to be is consistent. I was definitely more consistent this year than last year.”

He will now aim to further his development with the EPP in India, well aware that England could come calling should a member of the Test party pick up an injury.

Chopra said: “It was probably one of my ambitions from the start of the year - to be involved in the England set-up, so I’m looking forward to the winter.

“I’m one of the more experienced guys here now, and I’ve played in all conditions, so I think it’s just (a case of) keeping developing and keeping going the right way.

“England don’t pick many players outside the programme these days, so you have to be part of the programme and the next rung on the ladder is obviously the England side.

“I’m on the ladder now so I just want to keep working up the ranks.”

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