Sussex’s Tom Clark has England ambitions

Sussex slugger Tom Clark has his eyes firmly set on playing for the England national team after some impressive performances at the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Clark scored his first century in the tournament against Surrey on Sunday, smashing 104 runs from 106 balls and setting the tone for a record-breaking 378-6 total.

The 21-year-old is beginning to make waves in his young career and, having already been part of the England Under-19 side, he now wants a taste of the big time.

“I think everyone who is playing the game now has ambitions to play for England so I think I just need to stay focused on the next game and making runs and see where that takes me but obviously the dream is to play for England,” Clark said after his brilliant batting performance against Surrey on Sunday.

The Haywards Heath-born batsman was part of a stunning partnership of 205 runs for the third wicket alongside captain Cheteshwar Pujara and believes the Indian has been instrumental in the Sharks’ progression as a team.

“He (Pujara) was amazing. The fans love him because he just scored so many runs. He was great on the pitch but especially off the pitch because he’s such a lovely guy.

“He shares his knowledge and experience with the younger guys, which is crucial because we’re quite a young team, so he’s been fantastic. He has shared his experience of Test cricket and ODIs.

“On the nets we can ask him stuff and even in the middle he was really open and nice and honest so it was a big help.”

A narrow four-run loss to Warwickshire may have hurt, but a comprehensive 216-run win over Surrey would have given the Sharks plenty of confidence ahead of a busy cricket week and Clark believes the team have enough to continue on their winning path.

“We talked in the dressing room about how we’re really chasing now and I think we’ve been on the road a lot this week but if we can get two wins then we’re definitely chasing. ‘ he remarked.

“It’s a lot of travel, probably the most we’ve done as a team in a week, so we have to manage our time well and take good care of our bodies. It’s a pretty brutal format to play 50 overs in the heat. We also talked about not getting complacent.”

Sussex are now third in Group A of the Royal London Cup standings with three wins from five games but will have to endure a busy week of travel where they face Durham and Somerset from home before returning to Hove next Tuesday , to take on Middlesex .

They have named an unchanged squad for tonight’s game. Steven Finn is resting due to a knee infection. Sussex’s Tom Clark has England ambitions

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