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Parkinson relishing Lions white-ball chance

Parkinson relishing Lions white-ball chance

Lancashire bowler enjoying Lions challenge

Lancashire leg-spinner, Matt Parkinson, has impressed considerably in the two one-day matches in the Caribbean so far and has relished the opportunity to be involved with the Lions. 

Although the series has already been clinched by the hosts, Parkinson has been a consistent wicket-taking threat for the Tourists and has achieved figures of 2 for 33 and 2 for 44 from his allotted 10 overs in both matches. 

The 21-year-old now sees the final one-dayer as another opportunity to learn, and believes the team are ready to seal a consolation victory and finish the Tour on a high.

"From a personal point of view it has been great to be out here in this environment," he said. 

"Obviously, the two results haven't gone how we would like but we are learning all the time in difficult conditions. 

"It has been a long series for some of the lads, especially with the Test series loss, but fingers crossed we can finish on a high and pick up a win tomorrow to finish strongly." 

Parkinson was delighted to be handed his Lions cap by England selector, Mick Newell, and believes a brief stint training with the squad last winter spurred him on to put in the performances to be involved in the Caribbean Tour. 

He added: "It was a dream come true to be handed my Lions cap. I had net bowled last winter and had a taste of the environment, the target was then to go back to Lancashire and do well and put myself in the selectors thoughts. 

"Fortunately I have been able to do that and I am pleased with how it has gone so far. 

"I worked hard on my game in Australia with Stuart McGill and it is nice to see the hard work you put in come to fruition."

England has an array of young spinners to pick from, with Hampshire's Mason Crane the latest man to receive a Test debut after impressive performances for the Lions.

Parkinson is targeting a regular spot in the Lancashire side first though, and feels his form for his home County will take care of everything else.

He concluded: "I am looking to nail down a place in the first-team and have aspirations to be the number one spinner for Lancashire. I don't just want to play white-ball cricket, I want to play all forms of the game. 

"I want to keep trying to enjoy my cricket and perform well for Lancashire. I don't think too far ahead, but if things go well in the coming months you never know what might happen? It has always been the dream to play for England." 

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