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Gloucestershire's Steve Kirby hoping for England chance

Gloucestershire fast bowler Steve Kirby
Kirby joined Gloucestershire after leaving Yorkshire in 2004

Gloucestershire paceman Steve Kirby says he would not let England down if he was called up to the national side.

Kirby, 32, who toured the UAE with the England Lions in February, took more wickets than any other fast bowler in the County Championship last season.

"I feel I am bowling the best as I ever have in my life and am as fit as I have ever been," Kirby told BBC Sport.

"I have to have another strong season, but if England give me a chance then I won't let them down."

The former Yorkshire man added: "I had a bit of communication from the selectors towards the end of last year, which was good.

We have got to do something to keep Test cricket fresh because gone are the days when people can watch all of a day's play

Steve Kirby

"I spoke to [England selector] Geoff Miller and I am under no illusions as to what I do now. Hopefully that will put me in the frame for England.

He added: "I had a strong season last year, but I won't be putting any pressure on myself with regards to the number of wickets I take this time.

"I'll just be looking to stay strong with my process, stay fit and be part of a very successful Gloucestershire outfit."

Kirby, along with Gloucestershire team-mates Alex Gidman and Jon Lewis, was part of the MCC side beaten by Durham in Abu Dhabi under floodlights and with a pink ball as part of ongoing research into the feasibility of day-night Test cricket.

"I think it's definitely a way of enhancing four-day cricket," Kirby continued.

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"We have got to do something to keep Test cricket fresh because gone are the days when people can watch all of a day's play.

"Test cricket is struggling around the world, other than big series like the Ashes, and something needs to be done to keep it alive.

"Bowling with the pink ball was like bowling with a white Kookaburra. It held up well in those conditions and I think it could have a part to play in the future."



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