A perfect start
Posted in England team blog
It was a proud moment when I found out I was going to make my England debut.
Alastair Cook gave me the news 24 hours before the game so it meant I had a training session to prepare myself for it. I was excited. It was good just to be named in the squad considering the calibre of the other players involved, but to get the chance to play was a great opportunity.
I slept quite well the night before the game, despite playing for England being one of those things you dream about.
I was happy that Pakistan won the toss and batted first. Being a bowler it meant getting the main aspect of my game out of the way.
When we were fielding I didn't think too much about my first spell. I was just concentrating on my job in the field.
It really hit home when Cookie told to warm up for my first bowl in international cricket. I wasn't too nervous nervous though. I knew I had been picked on merit and had nothing to lose.
Having said that, I found it pretty tough to be honest. I didn't think I bowled too badly in that first spell but Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq were playing well and I was going at four or five an over.
I came back well in my second spell. I was feeling confident with how the ball was coming out.
My first wicket was a result of building pressure and bowling straight. It forced Umar Akmal into a mistake and it went my way. My second wicket, getting Shoaib Malik lbw, came when they were trying to step on the gas.
I was really happy with 2-39 but I would have taken anything. Just to get out there was great.
Our chase was a bit mixed at the start with those four early wickets, but KP and the middle order were so calm and relaxed. We won quite easily in the end. KP played a great knock. It took a few more balls than you would normally expect from him but it was brilliantly paced.
I read that I was the first person from the Isle of Wight to play for England. That was nice. The standard of cricket there is on the up with a few players having gone on to play first-class cricket. Hopefully a few more will do the same.
I also heard I was the youngest Hampshire player to represent England. In the last 20 years the youth system at Hampshire has produced lots of players who have gone on to play for the first team. That has continued in the last few years under academy director Tony Middleton and I hope it will for many years to come.
We start the Twenty20 series tomorrow. We have a good squad so I will just have to see what happens. It's a hard team to get into. All I can do is train well and be prepared in case I get the call.