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Surrey Batsman Tom Maynard inspired by Jade Dernbach

Tom Maynard
Maynard hit five 50's in 12 CB40 innings for Surrey this season

Batsman Tom Maynard says he wants to emulate Surrey team-mate Jade Dernbach after he was named in the England Performance Programme.

Surrey duo Jason Roy and Stuart Meaker are also in the 2011/2012 squad.

"Jade Dernbach was on the EPP last season, went on the Lions and then was called up to the England squad," the 22-year-old told BBC London 94.9.

"Hopefully I can follow in his footsteps, get on that Lions Tour and put in some strong performances."

The former Glamorgan batsman continued: "Jade is a fantastic example of how well he went in the Lions last year and it propelled him into what has been a fantastic England career so far."

Maynard was part of a successful Surrey squad this season which clinched promotion to Division One and won the CB40 competition.

"It's nice to put in the graft in the season and get the reward at the end with a bit of recognition," he added.

And Maynard's Surrey team-mate Jason Roy said he was delighted to be included in the EPP.

"I've got a lot of things to work on still," he said. "I'm not going to take it for granted.

"I'm going to take this opportunity to really show them what I've got."

The 21-year-old, who came through the Surrey academy, also said that he is looking forward to joining up with former England batsman Graham Thorpe.

"I cant wait for that," he continued. "I remember when I worked with him previously my game got elevated to a new level."

And Roy also said that he hoped to impress selectors sufficiently to be included in next year's England Lions Tour to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

"That's obviously the bigger picture for me to be on the Lions Tour," he said.

"If I work on what I need to work on and make the right people happy, you never know where it could take me."

The England Lions squad for the tour of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in 2012 will be selected in December.



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