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Last Updated: Friday, 7 May, 2004, 13:23 GMT 14:23 UK
Back to work for Test spot

By Chris Read
England wicket-keeper

After 10 weeks in the Caribbean, it's back to the grindstone with Nottinghamshire for me.

I know England are going to give Geraint Jones a run behind the stumps in the Test series against New Zealand.

But I certainly hope I did enough in the one-day matches in the West Indies to be back in an England shirt this summer.

Chris Read
Read expects to play for England this summer
I am going to have to concentrate more on my batting while maintaining the high standards I have set myself wicket-keeping.

I'm still finding my feet as far as batting goes and this season is going to be a big one for me as far both forms of the game goes.

Domestically with Notts I need to score runs and find out how I am best going to play four or five-day cricket in order get the big scores which will win my England Test place back.

I need to go into games with a positive mindset and I showed I could do that in the one-day series.

It was a good performance from the guys in the final match in Barbados.

We were under a bit of pressure as we were 2-1 down and needed to work hard for the result.

I thought we played really well and in the end it was a reasonably easy victory.

Overall it's been an awesome tour and we created history along the way.

The one-dayers went pretty well although I would have liked for us to have come back home with a victory.

Geraint Jones and Chris Read
Jones and Read are vying for the wicket-keeper's job
We were disappointed we lost back-to-back matches in St Lucia but at least we bounced back in the final game.

The next time we will be in the Caribbean will be the 2007 World Cup and we have got to aim to win it.

We are a reasonably young squad and have now been together since last summer although we need to keep on improving.

We let West Indies off the hook in St Lucia so we know we are going to have to be more ruthless if we are going to lift the World Cup.

The highpoint of the whole tour has to be the Test win in Barbados which secured the series. The atmosphere was unbelievable, with 80% of a sell-out crowd British. It was totally awesome.

The lowpoint has to be the following week when I was dropped for the final Test - that was really gut-wrenching.

But there is only one person who can pressurise the selectors to pick me again and that's me.


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