ODI Series: Harry Gurney enjoying the 'whirlwind' of making his England debut and hopes it continues when England face Sri Lanka in second ODI
England will hope to build on their 1-0 series lead at Chester-le-Street on Sunday
Saturday 24 May 2014
Harry Gurney is intent on continuing the "whirlwind" start to his England career in the second Royal London One-Day International against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street.
Before his debut against Scotland in Aberdeen this month, the left-arm seamer had already flown to Australia - to test England's Ashes players in the nets from the same angle as their nemesis Mitchell Johnson - then to the West Indies, as an official stand-by player in limited-overs series there.
He has since added Twenty20 to his ODI portfolio at The Oval, and most recently returned to 50-over cricket in Thursday's victory over Sri Lanka.
Gurney is out to add to those gains as England seek to go 2-0 up at the Emirates Durham ICG with three to play on Sunday.
"It's been a bit of a whirlwind really - up to Aberdeen, down to London and back up here," he said.
"I've got a lot of miles under my belt, but all for a great reason."
Gurney is a relative late arrival on the international scene at 27, but is in a hurry now.
"I was on the periphery for a little while - in that squad in the West Indies, and (it was) frustrating not to play.
"To finally get my opportunity and go out there with the Three Lions on my chest is an amazing feeling - and one I want to continue."
He will do so with a strut too, to go with his skilful white-ball variations, thanks to the encouragement of returning England coach Peter Moores.
"He is very much a coach who sends you out there with confidence," added Gurney.
"He wants us to come into the team, and go in and do what you do - what you've done to get in there.
"I hope that is something I've taken out on to the pitch and done."
Gurney has been impressed too by the environment he has walked into, at the start of England's much-discussed new era following their Ashes whitewash last winter.
He said: "It's really positive. When I joined up with the squad in the West Indies - just after the Australia stint - the atmosphere was really positive even then.
"Now, under a new coaching set-up and slightly different personnel, it's absolutely brilliant - despite what happened in the winter."
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