Shah targets Test recall
England batsman Owais Shah is aiming to use the limited-overs matches against Australia to put himself in the frame for a Test comeback.
Last Updated: 30/08/09 12:31pm
England's Owais Shah is aiming to use the limited-overs matches against Australia to put himself in the frame for a Test comeback.
Shah, a regular in England's T20 and ODI line-ups, has not played Test cricket since a disappointing tour of West Indies last winter.
However, the Middlesex batsman remains keen for another opportunity and believes he can press his case with runs in the shorter formats of the international game.
"If you do impress (in limited-overs internationals) then you get touted around," Shah said.
"It might not be Test cricket but it's definitely a springboard.
"I want to play Test cricket and it's my ultimate ambition."
The 30-year-old played in the final three Tests of England's Caribbean tour, with an innings of 57 in Antigua the only highlight.
"I didn't get enough of a run," he insisted. "I got three Tests and I did well in the first but then it didn't go too well in the next two and I didn't think two bad Tests was enough of a run."
Despite his Test struggles, Shah retains plenty of self-belief and - in the injury-enforced absence of Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff - sees himself as one of England's senior figures for the two T20s and seven ODIs against Australia over the coming month.
"I like to feel that I am in that mindset regardless of KP and Fred (Flintoff)," he added.
"I like to regard myself as the main batsman and that comes from Middlesex where I love that responsibility. I play my best when I have responsibility on my shoulders."