Onions Hoping For Ashes Return
Graham Onions, pace bowling star of both Durham and England, has reiterated his intention of returning from his long term injury lay off in time to play in the Ashes at the end of the year.
Onions suffered a stress fracture in his back on tour with England in South Africa at the beginning of the year and he has, so far, missed all of the domestic season and, of course, is yet to play for England since as well.
He also suffered a further setback by undertaking surgery on a knee cartilage problem and faces a battle in order to prove his fitness before the tour of Australia begins this winter.
Many hope Onions will make it though as he has greatly impressed in an England shirt, taking 28 wickets at a 31 average in just 8 tests since making his debut.
However there are several young seamers who are able and willing to take Onions place, with Ajmal Shazad making rapid progress, and 21 year old Steven Finn impressing greatly in his tests, including the first test against Pakistan next week
Onions however, is unafraid of the competition and insists that it is his belief that he will be 100 per cent fit for whaat could be an historic Ashes series.
He told Sky Sports News: "I'm a lot more positive, the knee is coming on really well and the fitness instructor is putting me through my paces.
"If I had no motivation and was just thinking 'how do I get myself ready for next season?' then maybe I wouldn't be training as hard as I am now.
"Being a professional cricketer, you want to play against the best. I want to play against Australia and get the England shirt on, but first I've obviously got to get the Durham shirt back on.
"I just desperately want to play, that's definitely at the back of my mind when I'm on the treadmill."
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