Meaker hungry for further glory
Stuart Meaker admits he could hardly have asked for more over the last couple of months, but that won’t stop the Surrey paceman redoubling his efforts as he looks to retain his place in England’s one-day set-up.
After helping Surrey to promotion from Division Two of the LV= County Championship and victory in the Clydesdale Bank 40 final at Lord’s, the 22-year-old was handed his first England call-up for the limited-overs tour to India.
An ODI debut - and first international wicket - followed in the fourth match of the series in Mumbai, but, with the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad set to be available again for England’s trip to the UAE in the New Year, Meaker is aware he cannot afford to rest on his laurels.
Speaking exclusively to ecb.co.uk at the National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough, he said: “A lot of the things we have achieved this year are things that I’ve always wanted to achieve in cricket.
“I won a trophy with Surrey, which is something we’ve been pushing hard to achieve, getting promoted back into Division One, which is where we belong, and then the icing on the cake with the England call-up. That’s the highlight of my career so far.
Looking ahead to the forthcoming series against Pakistan, Meaker, a member of the England Performance Programme squad, added: “It would be unbelievable if I managed to get myself on that little tour to the UAE, but I take each day as it comes.
“I’m not expecting anything to just fall into my lap, I’ve got to work hard for it. Obviously Anderson and Broad are back playing, back fit and available, so I’ve got to work even harder.”
Asked what he had learned from his first experience of international cricket on the sub-continent, Meaker joked: “The pitches are flat in India!
He continued: “They are tough conditions, but as a bowling unit I think we did alright.
“The lads that were out there, Bressy (Tim Bresnan) and Finny (Steven Finn), I learned a lot from them and (there was also) dealing with the press, the crazy crowds, it was just something you can’t learn in a book.”