Sussex opener Phil Salt says playing for England is ‘where I want to be’

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Source : Sky Sports

Sussex opener Phil Salt has set his sight on an England cap before the start of the 2021 County Championships starting early next week. The 24-year old has yet to make his debut but has served as a reserve for the limited over side in a couple of series last year.

“Obviously playing for England is where I want to be and where I think I can be,” Salt said. “But I’m not going to get there by thinking that. I don’t want to sound too cliched, but it’s about taking it one day at a time. I just need to do the best I can and work as hard as I can to improve. Hopefully, that gets me to where I want to be.”

Salt is hoping to make up for a disappointing season with Sussex last year where they were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the T20 Vitality Blast and finished bottom of the South Group at the Bob Willis Trophy tournament. This year the county championship will be split into three groups of six teams each with each team playing 10 matches. The top two teams will advance to Division One for the net stage of the tournament.

“It was a young team; a lot of learning was done last year,” Salt said. “Obviously, at the end of the day, as a professional sportsman, you’re marked on your performance. We hope there is a bit more to back it up this year, but we’ve got a great young squad. We’re in a pretty tough group, but I hope we’ll be competitive and scare a few teams.”

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