Stoneman focused on county runs

13 September 2017 07:27:38 EST

Opening batsman Mark Stoneman is determined to impress for Surrey in the closing weeks of the season to ensure England selection for the winter Ashes tour.

The 30-year-old left-hander featured in all three Test matches against the West Indies, averaging exactly 30 on his introduction to the international stage.

I've just got to try to score as many runs as I can for Surrey in these closing weeks of the season.

Mark Stoneman

He appears likely to get the nod for the trip to Australia later this year, but Stoneman is taking nothing for granted, having made a superb return to county action in recording 131 against Yorkshire at The Oval.

Following that knock he told his county's official website: "Playing in those Tests was an unbelievable experience. It's what I've dreamed of doing all my career and it's what you play the game for.

"As for this winter tour, I've just got to try to score as many runs as I can for Surrey in these closing weeks of the season and, hopefully, things will go my way when selection comes around."

Meanwhile, seamer Stuart Broad is expected to miss the remainder of the domestic season due to a long-standing heel problem which bothered him during the final Test of the summer against the West Indies.

However, the paceman is confident that he will be ready for the action in Australia, telling reporters: "It is fine…there are certainly no doubts leading into the winter.

"There are no worries, if there was a Test next week I think I would be fit to play - it has not deteriorated throughout the summer."

England can be backed at 250/1 to win the Ashes series outright and are 150/1 to do so by a 2-1 winning margin, while the tourists are 12/1 to retain the little urn.

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